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Better Than Weird

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Orca Publishing

What is weird? The actual definitions range anywhere from suggesting something supernatural or uncanny to strange or unusual. So why is weird bad? That is the interesting part about bullying, it’s so subjective. The bully gets to decide when a person is weird or different and then gets to decide that’s it’s somehow bad or wrong then they get to harm that person. Wow, judge, jury and executioner. What pobullying8wer.

I read all kinds of books, to say my tastes are eclectic would be an understatement. Some books I read thinking of my son. I like to know if a book, movie, TV series, etc. might be useful, fun, relevant or too mature, scary, etc. Like the main character in this book,  Better Than Weird my son is on the Autism Spectrum. Another common thread, this book depicts the bullying of a special needs child, a story I know all too well. Bullying is even more common among children with special needs.

This book is well-written, insightful, sincere, if at times a tad simplistic in regards to bullying resolutions. I understand, people want to believe bullying can be fixed. Unfortunately society celebrates bullying. It’s embedded in our culture. We need to stop watching it, buying it, electing it, and we need to stop promoting bullying as cool.  Only then will bullying slow down. We need to value people, not drama.

In this way I think this book was excellent. It was clear that bullying was not cool and highlighted how bullying hurt others. The book interested me enough that I searched out and read the first book in the series, The Mealworm Diaries. It’s the story of Jeremy and how he met Aaron (Better Than Weird). Also well written. Both are connected, but can undoubtedly be read as stand alones. The author gives us a depth of empathy and softness while still clearly outlining the challenges children face. Kerz leads us through life’s obstacles and triumphs through the eyes of children.

I would recommend these books for children, but also for adults who want to try to understand children, especially children on the Autism Spectrum.

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4 thoughts on “Better Than Weird

  1. BETTER THAN WEIRD
    This sounds like such an interesting book. It’s so nice to see that books are made for adults who want to understand Autism Spectrum. Bullying is one of those things that won’t go away too easily. But this is a great book to read to help you understand….

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  2. Bravo to you. I’ve been in a similar place with my own children when they were young. Different reasons, but I know how it is. I think I tried to change the world at that time, or at least hoped I did. Things are better now, but in many ways much the same. Not easy….

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