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A Different Kind of Normal
My Real-Life COMPLETELY True Story About Being Unique
By (author): Abigail Balfe
Abigail Balfe


Puffin Canada



Product Form:



Juvenile: Age (years) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 3 - 7
Oct 04, 2022
$29.99 CAD


8.62in x 5.87 x 0.84 in | 1.13 lb

Page Count:

240 pages


Puffin Canada
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / General
In this joyfully illustrated memoir, author-illustrator Abigail Balfe recounts her journey growing up autistic and the challenges of navigating the “normal” world around her.

“Hi! My name is Abigail, and I’m autistic. But I didn’t know I was autistic until I was a (kind of) adult. This is my true story of growing up in the confusing ’normal’ world, all the while missing some Very Important Information about myself. 

”There’ll be scary moments involving toilets and crowded trains, heart-warming tales of cats and pianos, and funny memories including my dad and a mysterious tub of ice cream. Along the way you’ll also find some Very Crucial Information about autism."

Important, funny, and completely unique, this book is for anyone who has ever felt different.

NEURODIVERGENT AUTHOR speaks directly to readers about her experiences in a funny and relatable way.

IMPORTANT REPRESENTATION for both neurodivergent and neurotypical kids to see themselves and to learn about others.

EDUCATES on how autism manifests differently in boys and girls.

HUMOR AND FULL COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS make this nonfiction so much fun it’s “abnormal”!

INVALUABLE RESOURCE for parents and teachers to hand to autistic kids or those with autistic friends and classmates.

“EMBRACE YOUR DIFFERENCE” theme for anyone who ever felt out of step with the wider world.

PUBLISHING SIMULTANEOUSLY IN HARDCOVER AND PAPERBACK and in partnership with Crown US (originally published by Puffin UK fall 21)

ABIGAIL BALFE is a Brighton-based writer, illustrator and creative producer. Original storytelling has always been at the heart of Abigail’s career and she has spent a decade leading social media campaigns for some of the biggest TV & entertainment clients in the world. Abigail also used to perform stand-up comedy and won several tiny trophies for her onstage humor; which involved life-size illustrations, ridiculous songs and rambling stories about her family.

Author Residence: Brighton, UK

"Heartfelt and insightful, this remarkable book has the potential to be life-changing, not only for adolescents with autism, but also for the people who care for them." STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal

"Balfe's honesty . . . builds readers' trust, while the humor in the text and illustrations keeps them engaged." —New York Times

"Useful and reassuring — and wrapped up in a charming, cutely illustrated package." —Kirkus Reviews

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