My Strange and Terrible Malady
Ronita "Ronnie" Baker, 11th-grade individualist, is not happy. School is a struggle, and now doctors just diagnosed her with Asperger Syndrome. It's hard enough being the misfit daughter of a perfect mother, let alone being diagnosed with a disorder no one understands. My Strange and Terrible Malady takes a look at Asperger Syndrome from Ronnie's point of view. While she is clearly not socially savvy, things begin to change when she meets Hannah, a fellow student who takes the time to explain the mysteries of social interaction and other conundrums of daily life to Ronnie. With the help of Hannah and her new life coach, Ronnie shows readers that successful social and emotional interaction can be learned.
MEET THE AUTHOR
was born in Rochester, New York, but has lived in Philadelphia for most of her life. As a student at University of Pennsylvania, she became interested in writing fiction and has published short stories and several critical essays on Jane Austen. This is her first book-length project. Ms. Bristow became interested in Asperger Syndrome after several close friends and members of her family were diagnosed. Ms. Bristow has Tourette Syndrome, which was successfully diagnosed and treated ten years ago.