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An Adventure from the Autistic Readathon: The Place Inside the Storm

I started this adventure-based book for the Autistic Readathon. And I’ll be honest, I was skeptical about it. The challenge that this particular book met was to read independently published by an autistic author. Now I’ve been burned by now I had no qualms about autistic authors. It’s just I’ve had problems finding good content in independently published pieces. Luckily in this case I was wrong.

Summary:

The Place Inside the Storm by [Bradley W. Wright]

It’s 2038. Tara Rivers is socially awkward and would much rather spend time online or with cat, Xel, a sophisticated robot with artificial intelligence. Her family has recently moved away from her grandmother and the wild less corporately controlled world of Oregon. Tara now lives with her family in LA, a land that has a corporation ruling it TenCat. And while this new corporately controlled world has great benefits for her family, great jobs for her parents, better schools for her and her sister.

But the move hasn’t been great for Tara, she’s not great at social rules and hasn’t found any friends since the move. But no worries now TenCat is making her family an offer they can’t refuse. Literally. They soon inform Tara’s parent’s she’s autistic, to make sure she fits into the corporate culture they want to put an implant in to cure her.

Luckily for Tara she overhears and her adventure begins, to save herself and Xel she decides to run away back to the Pacific Northwest. Along the way, she meets friends and allies. Her mission along with saving herself becomes helping a boy named Loki.

But to help him for good she must go back into enemy territory.

But will all this risk be worth the trouble, will she finally find a place where she belongs or will she be an outcast forever?

Review

I really found all the autistic relatable, and I love the way the commune that the autistic people and their allies were set up it was also really just a great adventure story it was a very quick read and just a good independent read which really changed my mind on independent publishing

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Give and Take Review

I’ll be honest I didn’t think I’d like this as much as Finding Perfect, but Swartz has done it again. I swept though the pages just as quickly as I did with finding perfect, the character are charming and the mental health is handled with a deft hand.

Summary

Maggie’s family has always been important to her, she’s coached by her dad at trapshooting, and cheered on by her mom. She visit her grandfather regularly, but her gradmother’s recent death has left a hole in Maggie’s heart and her life. She thinks she can fill it, thinks she can’t, won’t forget like her grandma did if she starts keeping things from her important days like candy wrappers, milk cartons, tassels of her Nana’s favorite scarf all stuffed in cardboard boxes under her bed.

During this time her family decides to take in a foster infant and Maggie loves the baby deeply not wanting her to be adopted and making her hoarding worse. She soon finds herself taking and taking until she spirals out of control, with some help from family and friend she learns love can also mean letting go.

Review

Maggie is a sweet and relatable character with big feelings around her hoarding that are made easy to understand for someone that doesn’t have anybackground in childhood mental health issues. It’s a very approachable book, also I love the fact that Maggie isn’t just her hoarding she’s a very well rounded character. I’d put this in the hands of any kids in upper elementary, lower middle grade. I also like her thearpist and wish all child thearipists in life were that cool (and well dressed) also love the system for Maggie’s recovery they use which I’m pretty sure is actually based on real mental health methods.

Overall I’d give this book 5 stars it another book in my mental health library.