A welcome addition to the comic book spectrum, about what it’s like to live with a sibling with special needs, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I have to admit, when I heard that this was a comic created by a teen and independently published, I didn’t expect much. Boy was I wrong!
Right off the top when I actually held the book in my hands I was impressed with the professional printing quality and in vibrant full color! Not your average independent comic with a societal message to say the least. Well worth the selling price of $2.99 just based on the quality alone.
I continued to be impressed with the actual content inside.
AFMW features a series of short stories, illustrated by various artists, featuring a rotating cast of characters, all with one thing in common: they have a sibling with special needs.
The stories feature high and low moments in the lives of the characters, learning about compassion and about themselves as they face the challenges of living with someone with special needs. Sometimes the characters feel forgotten next to their special needs sibling or pressured to grow up too fast. Other times the characters feel blessed because their siblings teach them real life lessons in caring and compassion.
Having worked with students and mentored those in the Autism Spectrum, I know how important and true-to-life these stories can be.
Not only touching, this comic is an incredible learning resource and would be great in the classroom. I’m already thinking about ways that I could integrate this book into mentoring with my own students.
The stories are written by Julie Averbach, herself a high school student who has personal experience with special needs individuals. An amazing feat and a testament to the strength of her family and support system, to produce such a high quality project while dealing with these issues.
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