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Books with Characters on the Autism Spectrum

Whether you have someone in your family or school who's on the spectrum or are just looking for a compelling read, these books deliver. Some focus on kids who are dealing with the challenges of having an autistic sibling. In others, the young person on the spectrum drives the action, fighting desperados in the Wild West, solving a mystery in London, or trying to win a basketball game in fifth grade.

"Just My Luck"

Touching fourth-grade story of empathy and kindness.

"A Whole New Ballgame: Rip and Red, Book 1"

Fun, gentle story about kids gaining confidence and empathy.

"The London Eye Mystery"

Gripping mystery told by kid with Asperger's.

"Rain Reign"

Poignant tale of autistic girl and her dog. (Pictured above)


Newbery honoree about life with an autistic sib.

"Anything But Typical"

Realistic look inside the world of a tween with autism.

"Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 1"

Acclaimed book with mature themes is best for older kids.

"P.K. Pinkerton and the Deadly Desperados: P.K. Pinkerton, Book 1"

Funny, violent Wild West saga of autistic kid vs. killers.

"The Sound of Letting Go"

Relatable novel in verse shows life with autistic brother.

"Marcelo in the Real World"

Gorgeously moving story about autistic teen.

Read more at Common Sense Media.