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Young Adult Books for Autism Acceptance Month

| Cinnaminson Library

Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White
Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji, who is on the run from the cult that raised him and unleashed Armageddon, is rescued by a group of teens from the local LGBTQ+ Center. Their leader, Nick – gorgeous, autistic, and a deadly shot – realizes that the cult’s bioweapon is mutating Benji into a deadly monster, but he still offers Benji shelter as long as he can control the monster and use its power to defend them.

Lark and Kasim Start a Revolution by Kacen Callender
Lark Winters wants to be a writer, so they’ve been trying to build up their social media following. But when Lark’s former best friend, Kasim, accidentally posts from Lark's Twitter declaring his love for a secret crush, Lark realizes they aren’t quite ready for the attention that follows.

The Luis Ortega Survival Club by Sonora Reyes
Ariana Ruiz wants to be noticed, but as an autistic girl who never talks, she goes largely ignored by her peers. So, when cute, popular Luis starts to pay attention to her, Ari finally feels seen. But after Luis takes advantage of Ari’s silence in order to sleep with her, a group of students band together to help Ari expose Luis for the predator he is.

The Many Half-lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya MacGregor
When autistic teen Sam Sylvester moves to a new town, they start to become obsessed with the death of a boy who lived there in the 80s. Sam's convinced the boy was murdered, and as they investigate further, threatening notes and figures hidden in shadows begin to disrupt Sam's life.

Margo Zimmerman Gets the Girl by Brianna Shrum
Margo Zimmerman just realized she’s gay. Her autism compels her to know everything about a subject before acting upon it, and her newly discovered sexuality is no different. Abbie Sokoloff has her own gayness down to a science, but is flunking U.S. History, so Margo agrees to help Abbie get her history grade up in exchange for “Queer 101” lessons. But as they spend more and more time together, Margo realizes she doesn’t want just any girl – she wants the girl.

May the Best Man Win by Z.R. Ellor
Jeremy Harkiss, cheer captain and student body president, won’t let the hateful reactions to him coming out as trans ruin his senior year. Instead of letting his outdated school administration silence him, Jeremy decides to make some noise –by challenging his football-star ex-boyfriend Lukas for the title of Homecoming King. But Lukas, who’s keeping his autism a secret and dealing with family issues, also needs the crown in order to keep up his perfect image.

Moonwalking by Zetta Elliott
JJ Pankowski, a punk rock loving boy with undiagnosed autism, can't seem to fit in at his new school as one of the only white kids. Pie Velez, a math and history geek by day and graffiti artist by night is eager to follow in his idol Jean-Michel Basquiat's footsteps. The boys stumble into an unlikely friendship, which sees them through a difficult semester at school and at home, but a run-in with the cops threatens to unravel it all.

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam, an autistic girl who prefers to communicate non-verbally, has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when Jam meets Pet, an angel who emerges from one of her mother's paintings in order to hunt down a monster, she’ll start to ask herself the question: how do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde                 
Charlie likes to stand out. She’s promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and when actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s longtime crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought. Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change, and there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie – no matter how much she may secretly want it to.

The Secret Life of Kitty Granger by G. D. Falksen
It's 1967, and Kitty Granger is about to accidentally become a spy. A working-class girl from London's East End who today would be recognized as autistic, she's spent 16 years hiding her peculiarities from the world. But after her hyper-awareness helps her survive a chance encounter with a Russian spy ring, two British secret agents offer her a job.

Sensory: Life on the Spectrum: An Autistic Comics Anthology edited by Bex Ollerton
This anthology features comics from 30 autistic creators about their experiences of living in a world that doesn’t always understand or accept them. It contains illustrated explorations of everything from life pre-diagnosis, to tips on how to explain autism to someone who isn't autistic, to suggestions for how to soothe yourself when you’re feeling overstimulated.

The Spirit Bares its Teeth by Andrew Joseph White
In 1883 London, 16-year-old Silas Bell is one of the few people who can speak with the dead, and according to his mother, he’ll be married by the end of the year. It doesn’t matter that he’s needed a decade of tutors to hide his autism, or the fact that he is a boy, not the girl the world insists on seeing. After a failed attempt to escape the arranged marriage, Silas is shipped away to a Finishing School, where the ghosts of disappeared students beg him for help.

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas
Grace has autism, and her own way of looking at the world. She's got a horse and a best friend who understand her, and that's pretty much all she needs. But when Grace kisses Gabe and things start to change at home, the world doesn't make much sense to her any more. Suddenly everything threatens to fall apart, and it's up to Grace to fix it on her own.

Tilly in Technicolor by Mazey Eddings
Tilly Twomley is burnt out from struggling through high school as a teen with ADHD, but a summer internship traveling through Europe seems like the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. Oliver Clark’s autism has often made it hard for him to form relationships with others, but when his summer internship forces him to spend time with a girl that couldn’t be more his opposite, he starts feeling things for her he can’t quite name.

Torch by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
In 1969 Czechoslovakia, 17-year-old Pavol dies protesting the Soviet Union's invasion of his country. Now the government is suspicious of his three closest friends as well, one of which is Tomáš, who has already been accused of “antisocial” behavior because he struggles to follow the unwritten rules of everyday interactions. Now all three of them must decide whether to keep struggling in the country Pavol died hoping to save, or try to escape in search of a better life.

Audience: Teens Family
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