Buster and the Amazing Daisy

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Daisy White was not crazy. Clumsy maybe, but definitely not crazy. In this exciting adventure story, Daisy, who has autism, defeats her bullies and overcomes her fears with the help of Buster, a very special rabbit. All is going well until a terrible fate threatens Daisy's new friend Cody. Will Daisy be able to gather her courage and special talents to save him?

Buster and the Amazing Daisy is not just a humorous and engaging story. It will also give its readers an insight into ...

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Overview

Daisy White was not crazy. Clumsy maybe, but definitely not crazy. In this exciting adventure story, Daisy, who has autism, defeats her bullies and overcomes her fears with the help of Buster, a very special rabbit. All is going well until a terrible fate threatens Daisy's new friend Cody. Will Daisy be able to gather her courage and special talents to save him?

Buster and the Amazing Daisy is not just a humorous and engaging story. It will also give its readers an insight into the hopes and dreams, as well as the fears and frustrations, of many children with autism.

When Daisy, who is autistic, joins a mainstreamed class and trains Buster the rabbit for a pet show, she faces new challenges and makes new friends.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Daisy has Asperger Syndrome, a mild form of autism, and this novel-told from her point of view-allows children to see the world as she sees it. Other characters moving the plot along include Marissa, who leads the pack of mean-spirited "Bully-Pops"; kind but helpless Cody, who is bound to a wheelchair and breathing machine due to a freak biking accident; and Buster, the classroom rabbit that Daisy has trained to do tricks. Daisy reacts explosively to surprises and noises and things that don't match, finding solace in the understanding of teachers and in spending time in a quiet area outside training Buster. Along the way she gains hard-won insight into others, as when she realizes that Marissa's rhyming taunts are a form of obsessive behavior that she can't control. When it looks like Cody must return to the dreaded School for the Disabled and Developmentally Delayed because there is no funding for an aide, Daisy finds a way to help him. She enters Buster in a pet contest; faces the terrifying ordeal of performing on stage in front of a noisy, confusing audience; wins the contest; and uses the prize money to help Cody stay in school. Although the plot is necessarily contrived, the writing is good, and the dialogue and character development make the book a pleasure to read. Schools with Asperger's students (that would be most of us) would do well to pitch this book.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843107217
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/2/2002
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 1,018,581
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Beware of the Bully Pops. Chapter 2. Safe in the Fortress. Chapter 3. Friends and Fists. Chapter 4. The Principal's Office. Chapter 5. Hampton Sweeney's Tongue. Chapter 6. Scritchy-Scratchy Noises. Chapter 7. The School of Doom and Despair. Chapter 8. The Sad Stranger. Chapter 9. Daisy and the Really Great and Truly Wonderful Idea. Chapter 10. Time of Trouble. Chapter 11. Bunny in the Brambles. Chapter 12. By the Light of the Moon. Chapter 13. Lizards, Tarantulas, and Goats! Oh, My! Chapter 14. That's what Friends are For. Author's Note.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2003

    Great for family & friends of Aspies!

    I interviewed author Nancy Ogaz for a feature article I wrote for a weekly newspaper in her area (San Jose/Los Gatos, CA.) She has a child with Asperger's and has researched AS thoroughly, which to me makes her a highly credible authority to write a book like this. Nancy is also very kind, creative and sensitive toward children's needs. I have a young cousin with AS and when Nancy gave me this book, it was a wonderful find. :) I read it, I gave a copy to my cousin's mother (also my cousin, of course), she read it, and hopefully will read it to her son. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to help their AS child understand why he/she is 'different'! I also recommend it to anyone whose child has an AS classmate. I'm 31 and obviously don't read kids' books much, but I truly enjoyed this one. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2002

    Children with disabilities have fun lives too!

    I enjoyed the book as it captured my attention from beginning to end and showed sensitivity to children who might be a bit out of the ordinary while portraying that they lead active and fun lives. Children who read the book will gain an insight into how other children feel about themselves.

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