Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (Review by Marieke Nijkamp)

This is the first time I really saw that I know I’ve become a better writer than Ann M. Martin, who’s  The Baby-Sitters Club books I still read.  Spending one morning observing some Autistic kids does not provide you with enough info or insight to write a novel about them.  I don’t even want to know what she would have written had she not decided to take the easy way out by writing about a “high-functioning” girl with Asperger’s and had done the right thing and acknowledged the fact that there is no longer any such thing as Asperger’s in the medical community anymore.

This is a quote from the following review of Rain Reign (http://disabilityinkidlit.com/2015/04/18/review-rain-reign-by-ann-m-martin/)

“Rain Reign is one of those books that, as a writer, makes me wonder about how we write diverse characters, but often, especially, disabled characters. Too often, stories about disability and disabled characters are written for a non-disabled audience. So too with Rain Reign.
And perhaps this is best exemplified, not by the story, but by the Author’s Note in the ARC, where the author states that she spent only a single morning talking with and observing students on the spectrum. That is not inclusion.
Reading this story feels like being observed, through a very biased lens. That is not inclusion.
A story about us, without us, is not inclusion. And it’s exactly children like Rose who crave that inclusion, recognition, acceptance, especially when they can’t find it at home or at school. We owe more to them. We owe more to ourselves.”

The author of the review:

www.mariekenijkamp.com

Twitter: @mariekeyn

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