Book Title – Jay Grows and Alien
Author – Levine, Caroline Anne
Primary Subject – Disability Awareness
Includes information about Children’s Book: Ages 9-14
Jay Grows an Alien
Jay, a young boy with Asperger Syndrome, often feels out of place in the world around him, but doesn t know why. He doesn t understand why people call him names like space cadet and asp-booger. He has looked up asp in the dictionary to help find the answer to his wonderings, but knows he is not a small poisonous snake from Egypt. But what is he then? Caroline Levine s short novel follows Jay at school and home as he ponders these and other questions. In addition to independent reading, the book is great for use by teachers to promote an understanding of differences. Intended for children ages 9 to 14.