What are the best fiction books with autistic characters?

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    #1The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by Mark Haddon which tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy with autism trying to figure out who killed the neighbor's dog.

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    Margaret Henderson
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Mark Haddon describes very well the mind of an autistic child. It is a story that is more about the way the autistic mind needs to make the terrifying world concrete in order to exist within it than it is about the a detective story but it is intriguing and a good read. Topic fits. "
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    #2The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a crime fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of Mikael Blomkvist and his struggle to redeem his honor by solving a murder for a wealthy family.


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    Nicholas Gomez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The great thing about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is that it's not just a pulse-quickening thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, but the main character, Lisbeth, is a woman with Aspberger's Syndrome. It's very rare that women who are on the autism spectrum are represented in fiction, and author Stieg Larsson does a great job of depicting the condition realistically. It's not something Lisbeth has to overcome, it's a part of who she is. "
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    #3The Rosie Project (Don Tillman)

    The Rosie Project (Don Tillman)

    The Rosie Project is a contemporary romance fiction novel written by Graeme Simsion. This is the first novel in the Don Tillman series. It was published in 2013.


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    Helen Richards
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I love this book. The way the story was told was brilliant. It's about a man who is looking for love and he has Aspergers. The story isn't focusing on his diagnosis but rather the way he finds the girl of his dreams. It's totally different from other books that I've read. "
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    #4Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men
    Of Mice and Men is a book by John Steinbeck that follows the story of George, small but smart, and Lennie, big and strong but mentally challenged, as they set off in a journey to look for a livelihood during the Great Depression.

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    Alice Lucas
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is such a classic! Even though it features autistic characters, it's beautifully written and anyone of any age will enjoy it."
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    #5To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Emily Phillips
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Not a book about autism. This has nothing to do with autism. It is a classic novel about a legal and social situation in the south. Wrong category."
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    Wonder is a book by R.J Palacio that tells the story of a kid with a facial difference who will bravely face the world and the challenges it gives him. With the help of his supporting parents, he will be able to embrace his real self.

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    Adam Bishop
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This isn't a book about autism. This is a book about a child with a facial disfigurement. It is a great book, but if you're looking for a book about autism you will be disappointed."
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    #7Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)

    Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)

    Oryx and Crake is a speculative fiction novel by Margaret Atwood, the award-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale. Oryx and Crake follows the life of Snowman, his friend Crake, and Oryx, the woman they both love.


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    Laura Knight
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This novel, the first in Margaret Atwood's dystopian trilogy, is a fascinating, dark and thought-provoking ride. Perhaps overshadowing the story itself, Atwood's world forces the reader into tremendous moral reflection. We are made to question the nature of exploitation, the meaning of social consent and whether effort for the greater good can ever be divorced from emotional self-interest. In terms of bigger picture message, if not story, the first book reminds me of Hugh Howey's mesmerizing Wool series. The story centers around Jimmy, also called Snowman, assumed to be the lone survivor of a plague that destroyed humanity. His companions are Crakers: a society of unworldly humanoid experiments designed to eliminate the perceived flaws of normal homo sapiens. The Crakers see Snowman as a relic and link to the "before" times as well as their source of knowledge about their creator, Crake. Jimmy has given the Crakers an origin story, that while false, is something he feels they can mentally grasp. The enigmatic Oryx is the novel's most interesting character primarily because she is so difficult to understand. She is the love interest to both Jimmy (Snowman) and Crake. "
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    #8The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium)

    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium)

    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is the third and final book in the Millennium series. This international best-selling fiction thriller book is written by Stieg Larsson, and it was first published in 2007.


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    Jack Aguilar
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book, and this series, are wonderful for young girls. My older niece read them growing up and now my younger niece started reading them, and they both bond over them. "
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    #9House Rules

    House Rules
    Jodi Picoult's House Rules tells the story of Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Asperger's Syndrome. Jacob becomes a suspect in a murder case, and his family struggles as officials try to shed light on the mystery.

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    Walter Perkins
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "There are so many families out there that struggle with children who have special needs. I work as a nurse and often have to be involved with care for kids with Autism. I have always been curious to the thoughts that goes on in their heads. About a month ago, I came across this book on the recommendation of someone. After reading it, I have to say, it is very good. It gives a lot of insight into the world of Asperger's Syndrome and has a really intriguing mystery to solve within it. I highly recommend it for those who are interested."
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    #10The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book by Stephen Chbosky that tells the story of Charlie. The book revolves around Charlie's writings in his diary. His struggle as a unique teen, trying to live his life happily. 


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    Laura Rios
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I cannot recommend this book enough!! The characters are so real, you'll feel like you are living the story. It's a great way to gain insight into autism. "
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    #11Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

    Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

    Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a novel written by Matthew Dicks. Originally published in 2012 by St. Martin's Press, it focuses on an imaginary friend named Budo as he watches over Max, a child suspected to have an Asperger's Syndrome.


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    Samantha Kim
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "my little sister is mildly autistic and this book really helped me see what things look like through her eyes. great conversation starter! "
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    Holes by Louis Sachar is an adventure fiction novel published in 1998. This book follows the story of a young boy named Stanley Yelnats who was sent to a detention center for redemption and something more.


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    Karen Soto
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book has good reviews, so I took a look. After reading the book description and several reviews, I couldn't find anything regarding autistic characters. Maybe I am missing something? I didn't buy the book because I couldn't find the connection."
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    #13The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzie)

    The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzie)

    The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is a historical romance novel by Jennifer Ashley. First published in 2009, it is the first book in the Mackenzie series. It tells the story of a Scottish lord who is determined to prove his sanity.


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    Bobby Lawrence
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book was well written and you can tell the author put her all int this. I love the unique story line and characters. Ive re-read this book 3 times and cant seem to get enough."
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    #14There's More Than One Way Home

    There's More Than One Way Home

    There's More Than One Way Home is a mystery fiction novel written by Donna Levin. This novel is about Anna Kagen who has an autistic son named Jack. It is first published in  2017 by Chickadee Prince Books. 


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    Laura Roberts
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "While the main focus of the book is a mother and her dealings with her sons Autism disability, it does stray into other areas, such as politics. It does tie it all together in the end. It mixes comedy and tragedy well. Many with experience find this book to be a great glimpse into the life is those on the spectrum and those that love them."
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    Mockingbird is a young-adult novel written Kathryn Erskine. Originally published in 2010, it follows the story of a girl with girl with Asperger syndrome. It won the 2010 U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature

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    Samantha Oliver
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "A book about a girl with Asperger's. It is quite captivating. I learned a lot about Asperger's. The book is quite wonderful and a nice read for anyone. "
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    #16Al Capone Does My Shirts

    Al Capone Does My Shirts
    Al Capone Does My Shirts the first book in Gennifer Choldenko's historical fiction series, the Alcapone trilogy. It was first released in 2006. It became a Newbery Honor book.


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    Aaron Wood
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is an excellent story. This is a story of an twist and compassion that leaves you wanting to read more and more. It is very well written and a must read."


Best What are the best fiction books with autistic characters
1The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeBooks 25 Paid
2The Girl with the Dragon TattooBooks 23 Paid
3The Rosie Project (Don Tillman) Books 22 Paid
4Of Mice and MenBooks 21 Paid
5To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 20 Paid
6WonderBooks 19 Paid
7Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)Books 18 Paid
8The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium)Books 16 Paid
9House RulesBooks 16 Paid
10The Perks of Being a WallflowerBooks 15 Paid

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