By Jessica Peers
Expelled from mainstream schooling and vaguely conscious she has anything referred to as 'Asparagus' Syndrome, 12-year-old Jessica is distributed away to a residential institution for youngsters with autism. right here, before everything depressing and misunderstood, she spends the subsequent 5 years attempting to take care of the stern university process - combating opposed to faulty instructor interventions, facing the onset of youth and becoming in with the opposite students. Recalling her college years with humour and perception, Jessica takes the reader correct within what it seems like to have AS. Her account will open the eyes of readers to the problems, and the rewards, of this situation.
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Asparagus Dreams by Jessica Peers