The Blue Bottle Mystery was originally written by Kathy Hoopmann, and has been adapted into a Graphic Novel by illustrator Rachel Smith and comic book author Mike Medaglia.
The story follows Ben, who is struggling – his teacher is always angry at him, his dad doesn’t understand him, he is bullied. Only his best friend Andy seems to understand him.
When Ben and Andy discover a mysterious blue bottle in the school yard, they unleash magic on the world. The story also follows Ben’s diagnosis of Asperger’s and his family’s journey of understanding.
Rachel Smith’s illustrations help bring Hoopmann’s story to life with bright, eye catching illustrations.
I really enjoyed The Blue Bottle Mystery, which is ultimately a heartwarming story of understanding people who think differently from you.
Suitable for children aged 7+, or younger if parents read the story with them. I strongly recommend parents and children read this together, especially if you know someone who is going through the diagnostic process.
Interested? Buy it here.
Want to know what else I’ve read about autism or features autistic characters? Check out The Essential Autie Book List.
What to read next:
- Lisa and the Lacemaker: An Asperger’s Adventure by Kathy Hoopmann, Rachael Smith and Mike Medaglia
- Of Mice and Aliens by Kathy Hoopmann (the sequel to Blue Bottle Mystery, but only in prose format)
- M in the Middle by the Students of Limpsfield Grange School