Autistic Literary Characters

Looking for some summer reading? These books all feature autistic characters, compelling stories, and beautiful writing. Perfect beach reads!

  1. Christopher Boone from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon – Christopher is an autistic teenage boy who investigates the death of a neighbor’s dog, using his exceptional mathematical and logical skills.

 

  1. Don Tillman from The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – Don is a genetics professor who exhibits traits of autism. He embarks on a project to find a suitable wife using a scientific approach, leading to humorous and heartwarming situations.

 

  1. Billy from The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon – Set in the near future, Billy is an autistic man who faces a moral dilemma when he is offered a treatment that might “cure” his autism.

 

  1. Haddon ‘Joe’ Taylor from House Rules by Jodi Picoult – Joe is an autistic teenager who becomes a prime suspect in a murder investigation due to his behaviors and interests.

 

  1. David from Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks – Although not explicitly labeled as autistic, David displays characteristics that suggest he may be autistic, such as difficulty understanding social cues and rigid adherence to routines.

 

  1. Rose Howard from Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin – Rose is a young autistic girl who finds comfort and structure in rules and routines, particularly related to homonyms and her beloved dog.

 

  1. August from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Stephanie Butland – August is a young autistic boy who uses his love for classic literature and the universe to navigate a confusing world that often overwhelms him.

 

  1. Benjamin from Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork – Benjamin is Marcelo’s younger autistic brother who is nonverbal and has significant developmental challenges.

 

  1. Jasper from House of Windows by Alexia Casale – Jasper is a high functioning autistic boy who struggles with social interactions and finds solace in his art and routines.

 

  1. Rosemary from How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper – Rosemary is the sister of the main character, who is portrayed as having autistic traits such as difficulty with social cues and a unique way of viewing the world.

 

  1. Ellis from Spinning Heart by Sally Gardner – Ellis is an autistic boy who finds comfort and understanding through his unique perception of the world and his drawings.

 

  1. Caitlin from Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine – Caitlin is an 11-year-old autistic girl who is struggling to cope with the death of her brother and the complexities of emotions.

 

  1. Joshua from House Rules by Jodi Picoult – Joshua is another autistic character from the novel, displaying significant challenges in communication and social interactions.

 

  1. Alfonso from The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros – Alfonso is a character in this collection of vignettes who is nonverbal and may be autistic, though it is not explicitly stated.

 

These characters offer a range of portrayals and experiences related to autism, each contributing to the representation and understanding of neurodiversity in literature.

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