Karen Kingsbury wrote the book Unlocked (linked to my review) after seeing for herself a teenager who came out of the shell of autism. (She included her personal experience in the Reader Letter at the end of the book.)
This book was wonderful, and I highly recommend it for a peek into the difficult world of autism.
On a personal note, just last week I learned that my former ninth grade student with autism is all grown up now and doing pretty well, overall. I was so excited to learn this, especially after learning some of the additional hurdles he has faced. When I think of autism, Matt comes to mind.
Even if you have already read this book, consider entering anyway to give it to a friend who is facing the challenge of raising a special needs child. The book does not sugar-coat autism, but it does offer hope.
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, and the winner has been contacted. Congratulations, Cathy C!