If you have a child with autism, work with a child with autism, or live in a world where children have autism, you really need to read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. I had never even heard of this book until a coworker suggested it to me (thanks, Trina!) and now I think it should be recommended reading for, well, everyone. Especially those supermarket-sneerers who think they can judge children while knowing nothing about them. To be fair, if you see my kids misbehaving or acting in a way you would consider odd, they have no excuse. However, the main character of this book does.
Told from his perspective, the story takes you inside the mind of a boy with autism (written by a man who has worked with such children) and it is truly enlightening to be a witness to this inner monologue that lower-functioning children could never hope to articulate. Plus there’s a storyline. And some parts might make you cry. (That’s coming from me…I do tend to cry at anything.)