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Books and Authors to Read for Autism Awareness Month and Beyond

National Autism Awareness Month
At Fable, we always seek more books with authors and characters centering on underrepresented identities and experiences. April is National Autism Awareness Month, also known as Autism Acceptance Month, and we’re here to recommend books by authors and characters on the autism spectrum!These authors bring the experience of people on the autism spectrum to the page, inspiring the next generation of writers. For instance, author Michelle Mohrweis shared how autism has influenced her writing practice:

"I’m autistic and ADHD. I can’t always explain how the two blend together for me, but I can tell you that I’m no good at sitting still. Whether I’m rocking on my feet or pacing as an autistic stim, or bouncing around with all sorts of energy… With dictation software, I could literally talk to my computer while walking circles around my room! I used this with The Trouble with Robots, and it was the quickest I had ever written a story."

Books by authors on the autism spectrum

1. Unseelie by Ivelisse Housman

Iselia “Seelie” Graygrove looks just like her twin, Isolde…but as an autistic changeling left in the human world by the fae as an infant, she has always known she is different. Seelie’s unpredictable magic makes it hard for her to fit in—and draws her and Isolde into the hunt for a fabled treasure. In a heist gone wrong, the sisters make some unexpected allies and find themselves unraveling a mystery that has its roots in the history of humans and fae alike.

2. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Jacob Wayne’s arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity becomes something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore... and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior.

3. The Outside by Ada Hoffmann

Autistic scientist Yasira Shien has developed a radical new energy drive that could change the future of humanity. But when she activates it, reality warps, destroying the space station and everyone aboard. With her homeworld’s fate in the balance, Yasira must choose who to trust: the gods and their ruthless post-human angels or the rebel scientist whose unorthodox mathematics could turn her world inside out. 

4. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself. An empowering, queer novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.

5. The Trouble with Robots by Michelle Mohrweis

Evelyn strives for excellence. Allie couldn’t care less. These polar opposites must work together if they hope to save their school’s robotics program.

6. An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship’s leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer, Aster learns there may be a way to improve her lot--if she’s willing to sow the seeds of civil war.

7. Ellen Outside the Lines by A. J. Sass

A school trip to Barcelona seems like the perfect place for Ellen to get her friendship back on track with her estranged best friend, Laurel. Except it doesn’t. Toss in a new nonbinary classmate whose identity has Ellen questioning her very binary way of seeing the world, homesickness, a scavenger hunt-style team project that takes the students through Barcelona to learn about Spanish culture, and this trip is anything but what Ellen planned.

8. The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya MacGregor

In this queer contemporary YA mystery, a nonbinary autistic teen realizes they must solve a 30-year-old mystery and face the demons lurking in their past to live a satisfying life.

9. Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White

Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him—the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world’s population. Desperately, he searches for a place where the cult can’t get their hands on him or, more importantly, on the bioweapon they infected him with.

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