April is Autism Awareness month and as many of you know my son is on the mild side of the spectrum. People see mild and think everything is okay and they’d be mostly right. It’s been over a year since his diagnosis and he has made so many strides (the school system keeps telling me he doesn’t need what I ask for because he is too high functioning and while that’s nice to hear it is not at all helpful) but equal strides have been made in my thinking and accepting of the diagnosis. We are in a much happier place than we were a year ago, but it has come through hard times and hard work (most of that by Gage). His story is still being written.
There are quite a few characters in fiction that are on the autism spectrum and that’s this week’s quiz. See if you can match these titles with their character who is or is most likely on the spectrum.
Take your best guesses, be entered to win a prize. No cheating (using the web to help find answers) or copying. You have til Sunday to enter. All extras can be found here.
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1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time (Haddon) A. Christopher Boone
2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Foer) E. Oskar Schell
3. The Rosie Project (Simsion) H. Don Tillman
4. Oryx & Crake (Atwood) J. Crake
5. Al Capone Does My Shirts (Choldenko) I. Natalie Flanagan
6. Someone Else’s Love Story (Jackson) G. William Ashe
7. Marcelo in the Real World (Sandoval) D. Marcelo Sandoval
8. House Rules (Picoult) C. Jacob Hunt
9. Dear John (Sparks) F. Alan
10. Love Anthony B. Anthony Donatelli
And as promised, here are my A favorites…
I’ve loved her since my teens and her luminous beauty and graceful spirit still draw me to her movies to this day. Did you know she is the daughter of a Dutch baroness? She spent her later years as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and died too young at 63. My favorite movie of hers is Breakfast at Tiffany’s, one of my all-time faves. And I really love Roman Holiday and Two for the Road too, one at the beginning and one at the end of her great career.
I have a favorite A title for three different periods of my life and this happens to fit my current state, even though it is a young adult book. Jason and I listened to the audio read by the author on a road trip and fell in love with it. Fiction loosely based on Alexie’s life growing up on the Spokane reservation, Junior will steal your heart. It’s funny and heartbreaking at the same time, not an easy thing to achieve.
I could have just as easily said Jane Austen, but Jane sometimes makes me work for the pay-off and Sarah just lets me have the fun. I love the lightness and the ease of her writing and the magical element she seamlessly makes a part of the story. I’ve read all of her books and still consider her first, Garden Spells my favorite.
This comedy is full of laughs but also has a dark edge to it that makes it stick with you after it’s done. Lemmon is a nice guy who gets taken advantage of and MacLaine is a naive girl who gets taken advantage of and this bond forms a friendship. This won a Best Picture Oscar and Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine were also nominated for Oscars.