Ghostly book for autism

Sharon King signing copies of her new book at Rickaro books in Horbury.'with Elena Delaney
Sharon King signing copies of her new book at Rickaro books in Horbury.'with Elena Delaney
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AN author has launched a new children’s book to illustrate life with autism in a fun way.

Sharon King, of Peel Street, Horbury, has written her second book with the help of daughter Rosie, 13, who has Asperger’s syndrome.

The children’s book The Unfinished Stories was illustrated by Rosie, who appeared on TV last month for a Newsround Special called My Autism and Me.

It features an autistic little girl who encounters ghosts when she moves into her grandfather’s old house after his death.

Mrs King said: “I prefer to do my books this way rather than writing about autism because I think it’s nicer when kids can reflect on living with autism in a more positive light.

“Rosie directed me a lot when I was writing it – I would write a bit and ask her what she thought, so it was quite a collaboration.”

The book tells the story of how the autistic hero finds that the ghosts are actually characters of her grandfather’s ‘unfinished stories’, and she works to finish their tales.

Mrs King took part in a book signing on Monday in Rickaro Books, on High Street, Horbury, where copies can still be bought.

Richard Knowles, of Rickaro Books, said: “The morning went very well with lots of people coming in to see her during the course of the morning and lots of sales. Sharon is an inspiring person and it is always a pleasure to see her and Rosie in the shop.”

Mrs King and Rosie also appreared on BBC1’s Breakfast show on the morning of Rosie’s Newsround special.

For each book sold £1 will be donated to the National Autistic Society. To order The Unfinished Stories visit www.sharon kingbooks.co.uk

l Read Mrs King’s column in What Women Want.