What an addictive story! I’ve spent most of the afternoon reading it! It’s a brilliant mystery story which is written in the first person by the character Ted. Ted has aspergers – this means, as he puts it, his brain is a bit different to other people’s, it’s a bit like a computer. Teds honest writing about how he thinks and understands the world helps the reader understand a bit better what it’s like to have Aspergers. Dowd often mentions how Ted finds it difficult to understand phrases that we use, like ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’ which he takes very literally (the sky really isn’t leaking cats and dogs, it just means it’s raining heavily!) Click on the link below if you want to hear a bit of the story.
Someone with aspergers may also say that they are autistic – there are lots of different types of autism, one of the, being having aspergers. Check out the video ‘My Autism and Me’ made by Newsround below if you want to find out more about autism.