M is for Autism by The Students of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin

This book isn’t anything like I thought it would be. I had thought it was an anthology, with maybe some essays, stories and such by teenage autistic girls describing what their lives were like.

Instead, the girls at Limpsfield Grange school, with help via creative writing workshops from Vicky Martin, have written the delightful story of M, as told in both her own words and those of her mother, just before and just after she receives a diagnosis of autism.

It is a short novella, easily read in a few hours and really well written. It captures M’s anxiety and sensory issues, as she navigates mainstream school and even a birthday party. It shows her confusion at trying to figure out what’s “wrong” with her, and her burgeoning realization, with help from a very positive counselor, that the answer is “nothing”.

A brilliantly written tale, that leaves me wanting more and hoping we get more books about M leading her autistic life.

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