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As the neurodiversity movement picks up, there have been more books featuring Autism. Autistic characters are being written more and more. With inputs from our team and other sources, here’s a list of 5 books with Autistic characters you should check out –

  1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

A story told from the POV of a young autistic man, this book traces the journey of a brilliant, analytical man. As he investigates the death of a neighbour’s dog, Christopher comes out of his comfort zone. You will enjoy his quirky, sweet behaviour and the whole story.

As the neurodiversity movement picks up, there have been more books featuring Autism. Autistic characters are being written more and more.

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

  1. Marcelo In The Real World by Francisco X. Stork

This is a story of Marcelo – a 17 year old who has Autism and is studying at a special school. His father decides he must ‘experience the real world’ and gets him a job at his law firm for the summer. Thus begins Marcelo’s journey in a neurotypical world. A tale full of surprises, moral dillema and more – this one makes you think.

Marcelo in the real world

  1. Hating Jesse Harmon by Robin Mimna

A high-school setting and a race to become prom queeen. LGBT and Autism representation with a dash of romance and comedy. If this description interests you, you will enjoy reading this story of Frances and Jesse and their high school friends. Pick this up for a fast, sweet read.

Hating Jessy Harmon

  1. House Rules by Jodi Picoult

A brilliant writer, Jodi Picoult breathes life into the story of Jacob Hunt. Jacob has autism and is interested in everything to do with the police. He often turns up at crime scenes to help the police. So when a murder happens in his town, his behaviour seems like guilt. Did Jacob commit murder? Read the book and find out!

House rules


  1. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

This is a story of Willow Chance who is a 12 year old genius. She finds joy in diagnosing medical conditions and comfort in counting by 7s. After a horrible incident, she has to overcome grief and navigate her way through the world. This is not a tragedy but a heartwarming account of how a child with Autism bonds with her surrogate family.

Counting by 7s

How did you like this list? Have you read any of these books with autistic characters? Let us know! 

If you have questions about Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, or other intellectual disabilities, or have concerns about developmental delays in a child, the Nayi Disha team is here to help. For any questions or queries, please contact our FREE Helpline at 844-844-8996. You can call or what’s app us. Our counselors speak different languages including English, Hindi, Malayalam, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, and Bengali. 

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