Billy and the Sparkling Socks
Billy and the Sparkling Socks - The Rainbow School (Book 1)
Ten-year-old Billy Bottomsby is fed up with his older brother, Casper, always bragging about his cleverness at school, and being thought weird because he doesn't talk. He can't help it as he has Asperger's Syndrome. Then he bets Casper he can be good at a lesson or better than him by the end of the week. Billy hears his mum talk to his socks, then when he tells himself at school he's going to be good at a lesson, his socks tickle him and take him to a mysterious world. Billy sees himself as a TV presenter, teaching him how to be a confident, communicative and funny storyteller. Then he saves his neighbour’s cat from being run over and thinks it’s because he’s wearing strange socks. Only one of them has just fallen down. Billy comes to realise that he can be good at things if he really puts his mind to it.
The Rainbow School books are not just for children with Asperger’s Syndrome, they are also for their friends and family. The series covers friendship, school and the difficulties a child with Asperger’s faces, with a positive approach which helps readers to understand the disorder.