A Boy Made of Blocks

Keith Stuart


A difficult subject handled with sensitivity and insight, this book draws us into the world of Alex, Jody and their autistic son Sam. Given to frequent rages and upset at any change in his routine, Sam present unique challenges to his parents. Alex can escape into the world of work, but Jody carries the responsibility of day-to-day care for Sam. The stress is having its affect on their marriage. Then Alex loses his job.

This novel shows the attempt and ultimate success of Alex’s tries to enter the world of his son. The entree comes when he starts to play a computer game called Minecraft. Able to connect person-to-person through the game, Alex discovers the real person his son is. Ultimately he heals his relationship with his wife and son, and he is able to relate to his child through the medium of the game. The boy takes on some social skills and makes friends.

The author has a son on the autism spectrum he was able to relate to through the medium of computer game, so he knows from personal experience what he is writing about.


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