Of mice and aliens: an Asperger adventure

HOOPMANN, Kathy
The sequel to "Blue Bottle Mystery", this is a science-fiction novel for children, with a difference. Ben is learning to cope with his newly diagnosed Asperger Syndrome, but when an alien crash-lands in his back yard, things get complicated. The alien, Spick, knows nothing about Earth's rules and norms and it is up to Ben and his friend Andy to help Spick survive. The humorous parallels between the alien's inability to relate to humans and Ben's own idiosyncrasies highlight the difficulties that children with Asperger's Syndrome face every day. As well as being a good read, this book provides a teaching tool that demystifies children with Asperger's Syndrome, justifying their individuality as valid and interesting.

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