Last night, we met for the majority of class in our literature circles. Collectively, our groups read Delightfully Different by D.S. Walker, Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern, The Half-Life of Planets by Emily Franklin and Brendan Haplin, Gone by Michael Grant, Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine, and Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stenz. I asked each group member to answer two questions: 1) what did your group discuss (and what was the best insight) and 2) what did you contribute to the discussion?
I read through your responses to the “best insight” portion of the first question and wanted to post some of them here:
On Colin Fischer: “We felt like we were reading the same book [as Curious Incident] with a slightly different plot and different character names. I think the insight is that some new roles for those with ASD are needed.” –Tanner
On Gone: “The best insight that I gained from this book is restored faith that an ASD character can be written without his condition simply being a gimmick. Pete is a character that is well fleshed out and operates very realistically for a four-year-old autistic boy.” –Dan
On The Half-Life of Planets: ” This novel revealed something about people with ASD; they can still be sexual beings, like many other protagonists in other young adult novels.”–Haley
On Eye Contact: “The excessive amount of neurodivergent characters makes the story seem like a fan fiction written by a social justice warrior. Where everyone is deviant form the norm and no one is typical.”–Diana
On Delightfully Different: “While this novel would be a great resource for those with friends and relatives on the autism spectrum, it is less appealing to the members of the general public.”
On Mockingbird: “It is hard for us, and those with ASD, to take on other perspectives, but when effort is put forth to do so form both sides, communication brings great understanding.”
After the break, we watched and discussed the documentary Manga World in anticipation of reading With the LIght by Keiko Tobe. If you missed class, the film is available through the Films on Demands streaming database, which GVSU subscribes to. See you soon.