I was only a few pages into reading Slug Days by Sara Leach ($17.95, Pajama Press) when I knew the main character, Lauren, has Autism Spectrum Disorder, but what I didn’t realize was my eight-year-old son not only knew the term, but understood what the disorder meant as well.

Is it just me or are today’s kids smarter and more aware then we were as kids?

The story was an easy read and one we started – and finished – in one night mainly because my guy kept asking for one more chapter. When we got to the end, my son was so disappointed the book was over and asked if I thought Leach would write another one.

You have your mission, Leach. Go forth!

While we liked Lauren, my son and I both really liked her teacher. My son thought she was really nice. I thought she showed great patience and understanding.

From Pajama Press:

On slug days Lauren feels slow and slimy. She feels like everyone yells at her, and that she has no friends. Today there is a different bus driver; Dan and Sachi are sitting in Lauren’s seat on the bus; and Lauren’s teacher interrupts her reading time. It is definitely a slug day. But not every day is like this. On butterfly days Lauren makes her classmates laugh, or goes to get ice cream, or works on a special project with Mom.

Lauren has Autism Spectrum Disorder (an umbrella term that has included Asperger Syndrome since 2013), and she sees the world differently from many people. Sometimes this can be frustrating and makes Lauren want to flip her lid, especially at school where she learns differently from her classmates. But with support and stubbornness and a flair that’s all her own, Lauren masters tricks to stay calm, to understand others’ feelings, and to let her personality shine. She even manages to find common ground with her sticky, slobbery baby sister. Best of all, it is being different that gives Lauren insight into the insecurities of the new student, Irma.

A copy of this book was provided by Pajama Press for an honest review.                               The opinions are my own.