Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Talent Tuesday - Leo B. Kennedy

Leo B. Kennedy has a unique voice among children’s book authors.  Parents have written about the travails of raising a child with autism, adults have written memoirs about their personal experiences on the spectrum, and recent novels have been written from the supposed perspective of a person with autism.  But where are the children’s fiction books written by a person who actually has autism?
Devin and the Greedy Ferret is the first of its kind.  Leo writes a fast-paced, compelling story with characters that are quirky but credible. Their sometimes absurd reasoning and outspoken motivations will entertain and resonate with middle grade readers, whether they have autism or not. 
“I wanted characters that were daring, courageous, and funny,” says the author.  “I also required that none of them walk on four legs.” 
The Story:  Devin and his friends think it will be cool to kidnap the school mascot, but when they try to hide from the police, a run-in with Frederick Ferret causes new problems.  Now only Devin can save his friends from . . .    
to find out more about Devin and his friends, click here

Leo was diagnosed with autism at the age of two.  With the support of inspiring teachers and community members who recognized his strengths and potential, he is reaching well beyond the dismal future forecast by naysayers encountered along the way.
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(Many thanks to the Kennedys for writing today's post. Go Leo!
-Spectrum Mom)

1 comment:

  1. YAY, Leo! Thanks for sharing SM! I'll have a video of Leo up next week, Wed. 4/10 via LeisaHammett.com YAY!