'These books could be useful for working with a class where children with Asperger's are to be included. Staff would be reminded very powerfully of the young people's feelings and fears in being in class and school and how they will cope. The books could prompt discussions in class to help other pupils to understand more and, one hopes, target less children who are going to be different.'
Alex's younger brother Nic never seems to be able to get anything right. He even invites Brianna Santos the girl Alex likes over when Alex is goofing around in his geeky pyjamas. But Alex never forgets what a special person Nic is.
Wishing on the Midnight Star presents the sibling's view of the joys and frustrations of having a younger brother with Asperger Syndrome, with insights into the daily adventures of an AS family, and the positive coping, and loving strategies they have evolved. It is an engaging and amusing teen love story that will appeal to older and younger kids.
Nancy Ogaz is a writer and the mother of two children, one with AS. She counselled children with special challenges for ten years and completed a Masters in Public Health. She lives with her family and twenty-plus pets in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California and is the author of Buster and the Amazing Daisy, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Introduction. 1. Wishing on the Midnight Star. 2. School Day Blues. 3. Magic and Mud. 4. Horror in the Morning. 5. The Real Alex Stone Steps Forward. 6. Attack of the Monstrous Midgits. 7. Alex Gets His Nerve Back. 8. Trouble with the Toad. 9. Alien Chickens? 10. Chicken Expert Extraordinaire. 11. A Dastardly Deed. 12. Nick's Magic Chick. 13. Season of Sweetness. 14. A Slightly Menacing Undertone. 15. The Howling. 16.Cornered. 17.Golden Hearts Raining Down. 18.The Gift of the Midnight Star. Author's Note. Resources.