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Asparagus Dreams [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Peers
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Expelled from mainstream education and vaguely aware she has something called "Asparagus" Syndrome, 12-year-old Jessica is sent away to a residential school for young people with autism. Here, miserable and misunderstood, she spends the next five years trying to cope with the strict school system - fighting against misguided teacher interventions, dealing with the onset of adolescence and fitting in with the other pupils. Recalled with humour and insight, Jessica's story is one of hope and an account that challenges professionals to develop a more enlightened approach to working with children on the autism spectrum.

About the Author

Jessica Peers was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at 12 years old and spent the rest of her education in a residential school for young people with autism. After achieving an M.A. in English Literature, she is now a voluntary researcher at the Autism Research Unit (University of Sunderland) and writes in her spare time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2293 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley; 1 edition (31 May 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0039YOGF4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #888,966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this. 11 Feb 2006
By Suzie
Format:Paperback
Neurotypical people read books by people with AS to find out about the condition or gain some illusive insight. As a person diagnosed with AS myself I just read them as most people would read any ‘normal’ persons auto-biography… for interest and enjoyment and because, for a change, I can identify with the experiences the main character describes.
Diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at 12 and sent away to a residential school for young people with autism, this is the tale of the next 5 years of this girls life, the characters she meets, the emotional struggles she faces, and her rebellion against a misguided and inflexible system.
However, Jessica makes clear herself in the introduction that this book is not about naming and shaming people from her past. Names are changed, characters are composite, and she describes the experiences rather than the events, in a way that I at least found meaningful and compelling. My only disappointment was reaching the end and still wanting to know what happened next.
I don’t think you’ll learn much about AS from reading this, but it is still a worthwhile read in my opinion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool 3 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I am a friend of the author of this book and I have met her many times. She is a kind person who loves her cat. She is as normal as you or me. This book tells how she had to deal with problems in her childhood due to an autistic condition known as Aspergers Syndrome. On the whole the book is a fantastic insight into an otherwise generally unknown situation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight 16 May 2011
By medgull
Format:Paperback
I bought this book after meeting its author socially. I've read about half of it and have found it to be a fascinating insight into the mind of a person with an autistic-spectrum disability, as she makes her way through the world of a residential school for people with autism. Yes, there are some specific differences in the way that Jessica sees the world and the people around her, but the most obvious thing to take away from this book is how ordinary are most of her motivations, her desires, her ambitions, her preoccupations. They could apply to any teenage girl.
It's true that the rhythm of the writing becomes a little repetitive (her editor perhaps could have done more in this respect), though her command of the apposite word rarely lets her down. There are moments of real brilliance in her turn of phrase and she is often genuinely funny, as well as poignant. She is a unique voice, writing in an area where few authors have trodden. Well worth the cover price, in my opinion.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this. 11 Feb 2006
By Suzie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Neurotypical people read books by people with AS to find out about the condition or gain some illusive insight. As a person diagnosed with AS myself I just read them as most people would read any `normal' persons auto-biography... for interest and enjoyment and because, for a change, I can identify with the experiences the main character describes.

Diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at 12 and sent away to a residential school for young people with autism, this is the tale of the next 5 years of this girls life, the characters she meets, the emotional struggles she faces, and her rebellion against a misguided and inflexible system.

However, Jessica makes clear herself in the introduction that this book is not about naming and shaming people from her past. Names are changed, characters are composite, and she describes the experiences rather than the events, in a way that I at least found meaningful and compelling. My only disappointment was reaching the end and still wanting to know what happened next.

I don't think you'll learn much about AS from reading this, but it is still a worthwhile read in my opinion.
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