Gr 7 Up-The first nine chapters in this book are devoted to describing what is known about autism (and related disorders), along with diagnosis and treatment and intervention. There are a few stories and observations in the first person, but for the most part the presentation is factual. The next four chapters consider the difficulties and joys of being a sibling to an autistic child, and advocacy. This section offers sympathetic and practical advice about dealing with negative feelings, overburdened parents, and curious neighbors. Peer support and when to get professional help are also discussed. There is not much available on this subject for a young audience, although much of the advice is similar to that in other books dealing with illness and disabilities in families. Though teens could also benefit from reading Sandra Harris's Siblings of Children with Autism (Woodbine House, 1994), it is written with parents in mind.-Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.