Blue Bottle Mystery

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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.

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Blue Bottle Mystery: An Asperger Adventure

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Overview

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.

Ben finds an unusual old bottle buried in the school yard, and in a roundabout way it helps Ben and his family find out what is causing some of the persistent problems he has both at home and at school.

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Gr 3-5-Nothing seems to be going right for Ben. Sometimes he has trouble understanding what his teachers are saying, and they get frustrated and yell at him. And because he sometimes acts strangely, he only has one friend, Andy. The boys are in a miserable mood, digging in the dirt in the schoolyard, when they unearth a mysterious blue bottle. Imagining that it belongs to a genie, they leap into a barrage of wishes and, gradually, their wishes begin to come true. Ben and his father win the lottery, while Andy begins a furious growth spurt that enables him to join the basketball team. Even Ben's behavior problems are eased when he is diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a kind of autism, and he and his family learn how to deal with his condition. Only the mystery of Ben and Andy's forgotten third wish remains, and that resolves itself in a most gratifying way. Blue Bottle Mystery is a simple and straightforward story with appealing characters. It's a gentle introduction to the challenges and unique qualities of people living with Asperger's and a welcome read for families who have experienced it and similar conditions.-Heather Dieffenbach, Lexington Public Library, KY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Kathy Hoopmann is an Australian from Queensland, who has a child with Asperger Syndrome. She is also an elementary school teacher. Blue Bottle Mystery is her first published book with circulation in the United States. Blue Bottle Mystery is intended for the 8-12 year old age.

Asperger Syndrome is not unlike autism, in that its victims exhibit poor communication skills, repetitive motions (especially when psychologically upset), and difficulty in relating to peers. A child with Asperger Syndrome struggles to hold conversations because of the tendency to jump from one subject to another. These children also have difficulty following directions and understanding what is being said to them, particularly by teachers who may not have good insight into the effects of the disease.

Ben is a child who has Asperger Syndrome. Blue Bottle Mystery opens with him having a problem in school. Ben has lost his mother, and the teacher, Ms. Browning-Lever, is also losing her mother. Neither understands one another, and the effect on Ben is devastating. Ben and his friend Andy find a blue bottle hidden in the sand and start making wishes to help improve their condition. Andy is frustrated because he is told he is too short to make the basketball team:
"Andy took it and peered at it closely. It looks really old, and it's heavy. It's probably worth a fair bit. Hey!' He cried as he thought of a great idea, Maybe it's a genie's bottle and we just helped it escape from thousands of years trapped under the ground.' Yeah!' Ben giggled at the thought. Maybe we've got three wishes. I wish for heaps and heaps of money.'"

Blue Bottle Mystery is a whimsical tale with a punch. Not onlydoes it educate about the effects of Asperger's Syndrome, it tells a sweet tale to boot. Ben and Andy both struggle with their conditions at the beginning of the book. With the help of the blue bottle, they are able to overcome their problems. But they also learn something along the way.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853029783
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Limited
  • Publication date: 12/6/2000
  • Series: An Asperger Adventure Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 453,865
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Miss Browning-Lever. 2. The bullies. 3. The blue bottle. 4. Lotto. 5. What to buy. 6. Growing up. 7. The mysterious smoke. 8. The genie's bottle. 9. Asperger's. 10. Sue. 11. The new house. 12. The house-warming party. Epilogue: One year later.
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  • Posted January 20, 2010

    Fantastic

    Wonderfully written, very educational story. Excellent for teaching anyone about Asperger Syndrome, young or not so young!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2014

    A cute, middle grade book that could be used to introduce childr

    A cute, middle grade book that could be used to introduce children to the idea of Aspergers Syndrome. The story its self is about a young boy with Aspergers, who just believes that he is different. His family also are unaware of his condition. The main character and his best friend in this story set about solving a mystery revolving around a bottle they find on the playground at school. At the same time, the adults unravel the mystery of an Autistic boy.

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