Third book of the Easter holidays!
Next review – Witch Wars by Sibeal Pounder
How to find a lost dog, as Ella told us, is all about a young girl who has aspergers. She faces many challenges every day, obsessing with homonyms and rules which often gets her into trouble. She makes a special bond with a dog that her dad finds on the street. But when a deadly storm reaches her town, the worst happens. Rain, Rose’s dog, goes missing…
It is really refreshing to see more and more books about people who have social challenges and disabilities, for example Out Of My Mind and The London Eye Mystery. It shows a growing interest to understand people and why maybe they do things which isn’t seen as ‘normal’. (I put normal in inverted commas, because what is normal anyway?!)
Rose has aspergers, a kind of autism. I like that the author made this character a girl, as often when people think of someone with autism, they think of boys. Many girls have it too. I know that I have put this video on my blog before, but it really is good in helping us understand what aspergers is as it’s made by someone who actually has it.
I think that this book is more suited to confident readers in years 5/6. I would also recommend it to adults who enjoyed reading, or have watched the play of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Being written in the first person by someone with aspergers gives a similar insight and feel that this book has. A popular feature of the acclaimed book by Mark Haddon.