Lisa and the Lacemaker

Lisa and the Lacemaker

by Kathy Hoopmann
     
 

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'This book is the third in the series to feature Ben and Andy but this book focuses on a young girl called Lisa who has Asperger syndrome. As with the other Asperger adventures, the book explores features of Asperger syndrome.This book is aimed at the 9 - 12 age group and is suitable for both girls and boys, although girls might find it particularly good reading.

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'This book is the third in the series to feature Ben and Andy but this book focuses on a young girl called Lisa who has Asperger syndrome. As with the other Asperger adventures, the book explores features of Asperger syndrome.This book is aimed at the 9 - 12 age group and is suitable for both girls and boys, although girls might find it particularly good reading. This is my favourite of the three books in the series.'

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When Lisa discovers a derelict hut in her friend Ben's backyard, she delights in exploring the remnants of an era long gone. Imagine her surprise when Great Aunt Hannah moves into a nursing home nearby, and reveals that once she was a servant in those very rooms. The old lady draws Lisa into the art of lace making and through the criss-crossing of threads, Lisa is helped to understand her own Asperger Syndrome. But Great Aunt Hannah also has a secret and now it is up to Lisa to confront the mysterious Lacemaker and put the past to rest.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Novels designed to teach or hammer home a point rarely qualify as excellent, or even good, literature. This is true of Hoopmann's book, written as a mystery but designed to help readers understand children with Asperger's Syndrome. The plot is contrived: Lisa's friendship with Great Aunt Hannah deepens as the girl learns how to make lace, as her aunt used to do. The mystery involves Hannah's old infatuation, when she was a servant-girl, with William, the landowner's son. Suddenly, zing! Lisa and her friend Ben find William through Internet searches and unite the two right there in the nursing home. Throughout, the author tosses in information about kids with Asperger's ("aspies"), their learning habits and behavioral quirks. Lacing together an awkward plot and adding some odd characters does not make a competent novel.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843100713
Publisher:
Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date:
07/15/2002
Pages:
130
Sales rank:
379,784
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Kathy Hoopmann is an Australian author with a background in primary school teaching. After many years of working with children with Asperger Syndrome, she has a wonderful insight into the mindset of Aspies. Her sensitivity to their strengths and weaknesses, and her ability to encapsulate these within her literature, has made her a household name within the Asperger community. She is the author of fifteen books for children and teenagers. Her best known work, All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Dogs Have ADHD, Haze, Lisa and the Lacemaker, Of Mice and Aliens and Blue Bottle Mystery, are all published by JKP. To find out more about Kathy and her writing visit www.kathyhoopmann.com.

Kathy Hoopmann is a primary school teacher and children's author who lives on a small property near Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. She enjoys camping, walking on the beach, and writing on the computer for hours on end. She is married with three children, two zebra finches, a cat and dozens of wild birds that feed on her back deck. Kathy has been involved with children with Asperger syndrome for many years, and is the author of Blue Bottle Mystery and Of Mice and Aliens, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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