Recommendations of Books with Autistic Characters

I'm looking for book recommendations of books that have autistic characters, reading level of young adult and up. Not ones where you could argue that the character is autistic, but where the character is definitely written to be autistic.

I finished reading the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and I really enjoyed it. I felt I could really identify with how the character thinks and acts at time. I also think it helped me learn a bit more about how others experience autism. I would love to read more like it.

  • For a really uplifting factual book about autism, and one that's great for shattering stereotypes, I always recommend The Reason I Jump, by Naoki Higashida.

    Naoki is a non-verbal autistic boy (a man by now) from Japan, who was only 13 years old when he wrote the book (using a unique spelling out system devised by him and his Mum). It's written in a question and answer style, along with a few short pieces of his creative writing, so it's great for dipping into. I defy anyone to read it and not be brought to tears - by his positivity and humour as much as by the frustration he describes at finding it so hard to express the love he feels for the non-autistic people around him.

  • I have just finished reading The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Apparently it’s the first book in a trilogy so I’m now keeping an eye out in charity shops and second hand bookshops for the other two books. 

  • There are books on amazon that has characters who are autistic and the book is told from their point of view. Not everyone on the spectrum is the same. This book addresses common social issues in a simplified manner. The characters are animated however do not let that distract you from the valuable information that is relevant to individuals in grade school through adulthood. The sample book is free to read on the website. In Google’s search engine type  https://www.catinasway.com/what-autistic-people-really-think-feel  or https://www.catinasway.com. When you get to the site, click on what autistic people really thing and feel to read about Sally FOR FREE! The book is in a slide show format. I’m sure it will not disappoint. Hopefully this is helpful to you.