My family enjoys a good read, especially when the story and characters are relatable. We have compiled a list of our top 5 summer reads for you to explore.

1. Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic

Author,  Michael McCreary is a Canadian Comic who has been told by many that he doesn’t “look” autistic. But, in his book he is quick to point out that autism “looks” different for just about everyone.
 
Michael’s witty and easy to read writing style had me giggling the whole book through.  His relationship with his brother, who is also on the spectrum, is absolutely beautiful. For those seeking a better understanding of the Autism Spectrum, this is the perfect book!
 

2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

A novel by Mark Haddon. 15-year-old, math genius, Christopher Boone sets out to solve the mystery of his neighbour’s slain dog, all the while discovering some harsh truths about his family and his own life.

Christopher’s character seems extremely familiar with this family. His challenges definitely resonate with us.

3. Do You Think This Is Strange?

A novel by Vancouver resident, Aaron Cully Drake. A beautiful, conflicting, traumatic coming of age story about Freddy. Teenage Freddy carries a heavy heart memory of his mother leaving him at 7-years-old. The memory is blurry until he reunites with an old friend, Saskia. Freddy’s character is sensitive, intelligent, and tough. Freddy is on the Autism Spectrum. The author has a very interesting way of allowing us see how others respond to Freddy.

I loved the book! The author created a character you can’t help but fall in love with.

4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

A novel by author, Jonathan Safran Foer . The novel follows 9-year-old Oskar who is determined to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father. Oskar’s father died during the attacks on 9/11. Oskar passionately and relentlessly seeks not only the lock but closure on his father’s death.

It was an emotional read. I cried and cheered Oskar on from the get-go. Oskar unravels so many stories and lessons along the way

5. The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

A true look into the life of Autism. In this memoir 13-Year-old Naoki Higashida, with the help of author and translator, David Mitchel will take you on a journey to better understand the mind of a child with severe autism.

We found this book extremely interesting; it was eye-opening and captivating. Naoki did an amazing job of explaining so many questionable traits, that we too have witnessed on the autism spectrum.