Elephant�s Kitchen � An Aspergirl's Study in Difference is about a quiet teenage girl named Delphine who has Asperger�s, but just as with the television shows Bones and The Big Bang Theory, the condition is never mentioned. Instead, the story walks the reader through many of the markers of the condition.
The story also addresses the misery associated with poverty when it comes face-to-face with the �haves� of society and their obliviousness and callousness towards those who are struggling to survive. Viewed by a teenage girl who volunteers at a church�s charity kitchen, it highlights the damage that such insensitivity can inflict upon the very people that such institutions claim to benefit. This is just part of the backdrop of the story; Delphine also attends a private school, plays the violin, acts in a play, and deals with bullies. She is quiet, stealthy, and effective in her own way.
This story was written to inspire teens with Asperger�s, to show them that there is nothing wrong or bad about them, and to celebrate rather than condemn difference.
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About the Author
Stephanie was diagnosed with Asperger�s after completing her education, and was raised by a neurotypical mother who instinctively focused on teaching her social skills while reinforcing her positive Aspie traits, such as attention to detail and intellectual curiosity.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story is very helpful to a parent looking for something to read, preferably in fiction, that explains what Asperger's is like for girls. It takes the girl's point of view, showing what life is like for her, how she perceives each situation, and what she makes of it.