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A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, June 27, 2006
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Ms. Bauer's writing is clear, lucid, and beautiful. A remarkable first novel from an author I have no doubt we will be seeing more of.
Needless to say, my boys were misdiagnosed! They are healthy, happy, well adjusted 10 year olds. Never give up hope.
Their first child, Edward, was born on March 12, 1988 followed by Matthew in 1990 and Grace in 1995. Each child is quite large and tall like their father. Edward also has autism.
Edward made all developmental milestones within normal limits until he was nearly 4. In 1992-93, the family moved from southern Minnesota to northern Minnesota. On a 1994 road trip, they crossed the Iowa border and it is there when Edward, seeing the long stretches of land and understanding the concepts of "borders," says that they are nowhere and often told other children that he wanted to live "nowhere."
In northern Minnesota, Jack changes jobs and Rachel continues with her magazine work. Luckily her magazine has landed some lucrative accounts as the family had been in financial dire straits for a long time. Edward became nonverbal; his skin was described as pallid and ashy and his back had a series of strange looking marks that even the doctors could not explain. Edward's behavior became disruptive; at a story-time in a local library, the librarian roughly ousted Edward from the group and chewed Rachel out.
Several years later, Edward explained his behavior by saying that when the librarian twirled a color stick, the colors hurt his eyes and distracted him. He would then look at the ceiling lights and play with the switches to "come even" after this sensory bombardment. What the boy described is not an unusal experience for people with autism.Read more ›
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Well written. Fast read. We read it for our Autism Book Club at school. It was a good break from all the clinical books that were on the listPublished on March 27, 2014 by Sarah Volpe
I enjoyed this book very much. The ending surprised me and I was a little disappointed in some of the events that led up to the ending but they were realistic. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by susan averett
So hard to find a book that makes cerebral multitasking IMPOSSIBLE. This is a tale that requires complete attention - no planning meals or thinking about work or obligations. Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by comfortfirst
This is one of the best books I have read lately. It absolutely consumed me and I was driven to read, read, read. The characters were so well described I felt like we were friends. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Zan
It's been too long since I got this engrossed in a story. I know so many kids who don't get clear diagnoses of their differences and I love how Ann Bauer describes the challenges... Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by Susan Armstrong
but I only liked it. Dealing with children with special needs in my profession and being a mother I thought I would find a lot to relate to in this book. Read morePublished on January 27, 2011 by REM Reviews
I read a magazine article by Anne Bauer that I enjoyed, so I decided to buy her novel. It did not disappoint. A very enjoyable story and well written.Published on August 3, 2010 by Arlene S
This book is a fictional chronicle of one family's struggle--to discover what is causing son Edward's strange withdrawal that began at the age of four, and what, if anything, can... Read morePublished on May 13, 2010 by Laurel-Rain Snow
What strikes me the most about this book isn't even so much the plot itself, or the autism-related storyline, which is what draws many, I think, but the laid-bare view of a... Read morePublished on February 28, 2008 by Nicki Heskin