What’s New on the Bookshelf: AMULET

A magical story featuring a boy with aspergers

Amulet is a magical story of cave dwellers, clowns and vegetarian dragons. Eleven year old Dion has Asperger’s. The structure Dion so heavily relies on falls apart when he is kidnapped and taken to a mysterious land. With his life now in danger; he will have to use all the skills he has been taught, to cope in this strange new world. Will his sister Megan get to him in time? Not if the evil Queen has anything to do with it.

For a boy who doesn’t like change. Dion’s inner strength and determination is the one thing he will have to rely on.

Amulet is a valuable reading resource for individuals, families, professionals, carers and schools.

Throughout the book Dion talks about his autism and explains the ways in which he copes with daily challenges.

Reviewed by Anna Kennedy OBE Autism Ambassador:

“Amulet is a delightful story about Megan and Dion. On one level the reader is taken through a beautiful fantasy world which is a product of the children’s imagination. On another level it intelligently highlights the difficulties presented by the real world to a child on the autism spectrum. The reader is shown how the child on the autism spectrum can be guided through life such that he becomes a full participant. I have no hesitation in recommending this book.”

For more information please visit:

http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/amulet.html and is also available from some online book retailers such as Amazon, WHSmiths & Waterstones.

Amulet is published by Candy Jar Books, Cardiff, UK

Alison Thomas is a trained Autism Assessor who worked within a multi-disciplinary Autism Assessment team. She is also a Learning Disability nurse and wanted to use her training combined with her enjoyment of story writing, to further Autism Awareness. She lives with her family in Wales, United Kingdom and studied at Bangor University where she gained a First Class Honors Degree.

This article was featured in Issue 45 – Protecting Your Child with Autism

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