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Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism by Ron Suskind

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When Owen, the son of author Ron Suskind, was a typical 3-year-old, he “vanished,” becoming mute, crying incessantly, and rarely sleeping, with the onset of what was later diagnosed as autism.

In the ensuing months and years, Owen’s family was able to communicate with him through one means: Disney movies. All their words were “scripted by others”; they were “literally communicating through these words and the stories they tell.”

In this emotionally gripping book narrating one family’s journey with an autistic child, readers catch a glimpse of the parents’ pain, smashed dreams, terror, and anger when their son is bullied, and fear for his future. But—and this is the overwhelming tenor of the book—readers will celebrate the love, tenacity, and courage of a family who learned to embrace Owen for who he is, an undisputed blessing. (Kingswell)

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