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An Unusual Boy: An unforgettable, heart-stopping book club read for 2021 Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Fiona Higgins is the Australian writer of several bestselling contemporary novels
including The Mothers’ Group and Wife on the Run. Her work has been widely reviewed,
translated internationally, and described as ‘page-turning domestic melodrama for the
social media age’. She lives with her family in Sydney and her first book for Boldwood
was published in October 2020.
- ASIN : B08D8YR4ZJ
- Publisher : Boldwood Books (20 October 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 766 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 322 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1800483015
- Best Sellers Rank: 26,308 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This delightful book centres around Jackson, who is a lovable and unusual boy, but readers are invited to meet his parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers, friends and others. Ms Higgins' new novel is about love, joy, hope, kindness, compassion and resilience. I would give six stars if I possibly could.
Jackson is an amazing child,that i think a lot of parents could relate too in different degrees.
I really enjoyed this book and read it all in one go.
The 2 different perspectives was a master stroke.
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Did not finish. As I thought, this book is thick with ableism, which is no surprise given its title and the non disabled parents raving over it .
Jackson, an 11 year old boy is described as neurodiverse. His mum Julia works as a music therapist. His sisters are not like him.
The book’s title is othering. The Unusual Boy suggests he’s outside of the “norm”. Whatever normal is, anyway it establishes ableism from the outset.
A search of the ebook shows that “autism” and “disability” and “disabled” are not used. What is it with writers who shy away from actually saying the word? Do they think it’s offensive or do they want the reader to form their armchair diagnosis?
Jackson’s character is written with so many stereotypes of autism- mostly swaying on the odd side. There are also some harmful characteristics thrown in - both harmful behaviour and harmful tropes about autism.
Own voices matter, and I don’t believe Higgins is autistic or disabled, and reading the acknowledgments, I don’t believe those she credited as helping with the research for this book are, either.
This book is aimed at giving readers an insight into parenting a disabled child and also an insight into being a disabled child. Sadly, it only reinforces negative stereotypes like disabled people are burdens, hard to manage, violent, friendless, lacking in social boundaries and unusual.
Make space for actually disabled writers, please.
The family have various ways of dealing with his problem, but mostly with love and kindness.
I laughed many times when he told his interpretaion of some situations and also his thoughts about "boys" things and typical growing up difficulties.
I must say, I really got drawn into this unusual story and found a hankie very useful at times.
School friends vary but there is one lovely relationship with another pupil and also with one of his teachers.
I am sure I will be reading other books by this author.