Two Books about Living with Asperger's

Buster and the Amazing Daisy: Adventures with Asperger Syndrome
by Nancy Ogaz. 2002. ISBN: 184310721X Distributed for Jessica Kingsley Publishers by UBC Press in Canada. $19.95 Paperback 

"Daisy White was not crazy. Clumsy maybe, but definitely not crazy. In this exciting adventure story, Daisy, who has autism, defeats her bullies and overcomes her fears with the help of Buster, a very special rabbit. All is going well until a terrible fate threatens Daisy's new friend Cody. Will Daisy be able to gather her courage and special talents to save him? 

Buster and the Amazing Daisy is not just a humorous and engaging story. It will also give its readers an insight into the hopes and dreams, as well as the fears and frustrations, of many children with autism." 
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Review by Sibyl Bansal

Finding Ben: A mother's journey through the maze of Asperger's
By Barbara La Salle. McGrawHill, 2003.   ISBN: 007140225X. 

From the publisher: 
Ben was an extraordinary child who became an extraordinary man. Born with an encyclopedic mind, he was able to store volumes of information, like a mini-computer. Yet lurking behind this boy genius’s amazing gifts for facts were threatening, mysterious problems: failure to develop friendships, fear of change, a pedantic, monotonous tone of voice and obsessive-compulsive behaviors. Though his mother was a family therapist, neither she nor his doctors knew what was wrong. It took twenty-five years to discover that Ben suffered from Aspergers Syndrome, the “little grown-up” disorder, considered by many in the medical community to be a form of high-functioning autism. 

Searchingly honest and beautifully written, FINDING BEN is a remarkable story of a brilliant young boy’s inability to carry on reciprocal conversations, make eye contact, or distinguish between truth and fantasy. It is also the heart-rending account of a mother’s struggle to understand her child and to overcome the guilt she felt for not fully accepting him. Believing that the world would look at Ben and see her own failure, Barbara vacillated for years between frustration, despair, resentment, and shame. 

Finding Ben has two stories to tell. It provides a fascinating look at the lonely and frightening world of the Aspergers Syndrome child; it is also a candid first-person account of parental disappointment, one that will have meaning for all parents, whether their children have “special needs” or not. 
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