... I�m going to begin this �review� by saying this book was absolutely WONDERFUL! I finished it in one day (even with everyday interruptions). I couldn't put it down.
Ben Jones is the main character of the book. He has difficulty understanding what teachers mean, why they are always cross with him and why kids at school tease, taunt and bully him.
I�m not going to give away all the details here because this book is a treasure you must read for yourself.
The book starts at school. Ben is having a difficult day with his teacher, Ms. Browning-Lever. The fact that his teacher doesn�t (nor seem to want to) understand Ben�s behavior, is upsetting and the effect on Ben is devastating. The events in that school room and on the playground that day truly upset me and had me in tears because my son went through similar experiences. (Ms. Hoopman knows what she's talking about here, obviously. And she tells it well.)...
This is an absolutely delightful, warm, insightful book that shows kids with Asperger�s that they are NOT weird, they�re unique and wonderful. And that if �the powers that be� at school would only educate themselves on Asperger�s Syndrome, these children�s lives could be changed forever, as will theirs, the educators. Through our AS children, they will open themselves up to a new way of seeing things. They will find in these children a warmth, a delightful sense of humor and intelligence that they�ve likely not seen before. Our AS children are not rude. They are honest and to-the-point with no desire to hurt anyone. They just want things they don�t understand to be explained to them. They want to know HOW to make (and keep) friends because most AS children desperately want them. They�re tired of being considered �weird�. They just want to try and �fit� in this neurotypical world of ours.
I cannot say enough good things about this book. These are just my opinions. Only you can decide for yourself. I feel it is a must read for parents, teachers, counselors, doctors, family members and for persons with Asperger�s Syndrome. I think Kathy Hoopman is a very talented writer and applaud her efforts in this book. I was so impressed, I ordered her other book, �Of Mice and Aliens� the minute I finished this book. All I can say is........�When are you writing your next book, Ms. Hoopman?�