Hoopmann, Kathy. Haze.

Author:Rabinowitz, Rebecca
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

Jessica Kingsley, dist. by Taylor & Francis. 159p. c2003. 1-84310072-X. $13.95. S

This mix of genres integrates high school, Asperger's Syndrome, abused teenagers, and a mystery. Seb has Asperger's Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. Baffled by social and emotional cues that everyone else understands, he splits his time between computer programming and coping with the myriad things (lights, noises, busy thoughts) that bombard him. Three girls begin to show him how to relate to others, but Seb is crushed when an exciting new computer teacher turns out to be an Internet investigator. The book is strongest when the reader's confusion mirrors Seb's: he doesn't understand how to connect with people, while we don't understand the computer hacking crime or its investigation. When Seb's friend Guzzle runs...

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