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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,010 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nora Raleigh Baskin Narrator: Tom Parks Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781423381327
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Jason Blake is an autistic 12-year-old living in a neurotypical world. Most days it’s just a matter of time before something goes wrong. But Jason finds a glimmer of understanding when he comes across PhoenixBird, who posts stories to the same online site as he does. Jason can be himself when he writes, and he thinks that PhoenixBird – her name is Rebecca – could be his first real friend. But as desperate as Jason is to meet her, he’s terrified that if they do meet, Rebecca will only see his autism and not who Jason really is. “This is an enormously difficult subject, but Baskin, without dramatics or sentimentality, makes it universal.” - Booklist, starred review Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara | 2/13/2014

    " I think this is a good children's book to breach the subject of people being different and the struggles that come with Autistic Spectrum disorders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Lieberman | 2/9/2014

    " This book brings life to a boy with autism and I feel this book has lots of meaning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 1/19/2014

    " For some reason, this one reminded me of Sherman Alexie's Part Time Indian. For me, this story was just ok. I'm not sure what I was supposed to take away from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily S | 1/18/2014

    " I adored this book, by probably the tenth page. Despite how simple it is to read, it's got a lot to think about. I think by the time I was finished, my roommate was sick of my shoving it under his nose and pointing to a passage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 1/18/2014

    " it has a very interesting perspective, from an autistic. The end is very confusing though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti Fleser | 1/7/2014

    " Great story, told from an autistic boy's POV, that really highlights that no matter how different we seem, we all have quite a bit in common. Amazing story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracie | 1/6/2014

    " Jason, a sixth-grade boy who has been diagnosed with autism, learns about love, friendship, and self-acceptance as he prepares to attend a creative writing workshop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rshelite | 12/2/2013

    " About a 12 year old autistic boy. He is the one writing the book and how he thinks and feels in all situations in his life. It is very interesting to see what his point of view is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Penckofer | 11/23/2013

    " An absorbing book (I unintentionally read it in one sitting). The ending seemed very real, which is just how I like "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 11/6/2013

    " Helped me understand my son so much better... and the mm in this book... it me. It's like the author has been spying on me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison Armstrong | 9/16/2013

    " This is written from the point of view of an autistic book. It was interesting to imagine him and the reasons for how he acts. I think students would gain some empathy from reading this. It somehow fits in a subgenre of realistic fiction - with handicapped person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 711devon | 7/4/2013

    " i think this book was inspiring because even though jason had a disibility he was still bright because he had his storyboard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MMatchak | 7/1/2013

    " Life through the eyes of a 12-year-old autistic boy. Interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 abbylee Oqueli | 5/30/2013

    " This was good, but I have read so many really fabulous books about similar issues that this one didn't really hold up in omparison. It was fast and sweet, but not as insightful as others I've read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maya | 2/7/2013

    " Although interesting to learn about a child with autism, the plot was too predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Lindsay | 8/28/2012

    " just ok. asperger boy. rather cliche. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 6/2/2012

    " This was one of the best realistic fiction books I have ever read! It was absolutely amazing, I had a hard time putting it down. I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 3/28/2012

    " Great book! Anything but Typical is about an autistic 6th grade kid. The book is written in first person, and it is really interesting to look through the eyes of somebody who is autistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/5/2012

    " Similar to "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ⓛeah ✿εїз✾ | 12/12/2011

    " This was an odd book. It was one I read for school and I would not read again unless I had to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 12/7/2011

    " Good pair with Draper's Out of My Mind to remind us that even we can't hear someone in a 'normal' way, their desire for expression is just as large as ours. If we can't understand, the onus is on us to learn to understand. Similar non-fairy-tale endings on these two titles as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 8/8/2011

    " I loved Jason's voice in this story. It really made me think about how hard it can be for someone who is autistic. It was laugh out loud funny in some parts and heart breaking in others. I'm glad I gave this a try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/3/2011

    " This book was a good read. It helped me understand a little better how autistic children think and why they act like they do. I will be more patient with them, knowing that they really don't understand our social behaviors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June | 5/2/2011

    " Wonderful in a confusing sort of way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 4/29/2011

    " Anything but Typical is an inspiring book about overcoming differences and accepting others. This lesson is taught through a teenager with autism named Jason. A very good book for everyone and anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail | 4/28/2011

    " This is a really good book about the mind of an autistic twelve year old. I loved seeing into the his mind, considering that I know a good many autistic children. Really awesome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kmae | 4/28/2011

    " This was an awesome story of a boy who is mentally handicapped. It was really really sad about what he had to go through and I could actually watch the book as if it was a movie when I read it. I'm a very picky reader but this was actually a really good book. I TOTALLY RECOMMEND IT!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 4/20/2011

    " Lovely, heartbreaking. Reminds me some of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night in its subject matter and unsentimental treatment of autism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 4/16/2011

    " Another book with an autistic main character. This one wasn't so much about autism as it is about how we perceive other people: prejudices, assumptions, what is "normal", etc. Jason's feelings about writing are insightful. I wasn't a huge fan of the ending, though. Gorgeous cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaclyn | 4/15/2011

    " Great book for Middle School kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 4/12/2011

    " I adored this book, by probably the tenth page. Despite how simple it is to read, it's got a lot to think about. I think by the time I was finished, my roommate was sick of my shoving it under his nose and pointing to a passage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 4/4/2011

    " I loved this YA book and recommend it to one and all - it is told from the first person voice of an autistic 12 year old who writes stories and although it is fiction, the reality of his behavior and thought is amazing. Should be on every school list as a must-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 3/26/2011

    " a great book that every one should read "

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About the Author
Author Nora Raleigh BaskinNora Raleigh Baskin is the acclaimed author of several novels for young readers, including Surfacing, All We Know of Love, Runt, The Summer Before Boys, Anything But Typical, The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah, In the Company of Crazies, What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows, Almost Home, and Basketball (Or Something Like It). About Subway Love, she says, “I wanted to write a love story, a real love story that would be both tragic and romantic. I wanted to capture the incredible energy between a boy and girl who cannot possibly be together but want nothing else in the world.” Nora Raleigh Baskin lives in Connecticut.
About the Narrator

Tom Parks is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator who has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, in 2010 and 2013. He has been involved in recording audiobooks and voice-overs for over thirty years and through an eclectic range of projects. In addition to performing and directing, he is also an active musician, drumming in musical theater productions in the Midwest, and is in demand as a conference speaker.