Blue Bottle Mystery

Book Description...

This is a warm, fun-filled fantasy story for children with a difference: the hero is Ben, a boy with Asperger Syndrome. When Ben and his friend Andy find an old bottle in the school yard, they little realize the surprises about to be unleashed in their lives. Bound up with this exciting mystery is the story of how Ben is diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and how he and his family deal with the problems and joys that come along.

Blue Bottle Mystery is a delight to read that is more than just another kid's book. For the first time, the issues and frustrations that a child may have with Asperger Syndrome are explored within a fictional format especially for children. Its portrayal of Ben as the central character offers other children with autistic spectrum disorders and their peers a positive role model. It is a valuable teaching tool that demystifies children with Asperger Syndrome, justifying their individuality as valid and interesting.

In Blue Bottle Mystery Kathy Hoopmann has combined her love of children with her passion for fantasy literature to produce a delightful read for anyone who loves an adventure and wants a unique insight into the mind of an Asperger child.

Why I wrote it...

Unfortunately our world tends to put people into nice neat boxes. If you are sporty, then you are popular, if you are ‘different’ then you are an outcast. As a teacher, nothing upset me more than to see bright, intelligent, funny and interesting children being bullied or ignored because they didn’t fit in with ‘acceptable’ social patterns. As people with Asperger Syndrome have problems with communication and understanding the unwritten ‘laws’ around them, they are prime targets for misunderstanding. I wanted to write a book that showed that kids who are different are amazing individuals and their input into our lives, if we let them, is unique and worthy.

The mysterious blue bottle idea simply came from every kids’ (and adults’) dream that one day their wishes would come true. What would you wish for?

Where you can buy it…

In Australia: www.footprint.com.au
In the UK: www.jkp.com
Everywhere: www.amazon.com and www.amazon.co.uk


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