Tonight’s #YABookCook features a very special novel called Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman, and gluten-free/casein-free sliced potatoes. In Boneseeker, the heroine Arabella has Asperger’s Syndrome, and Brynn Chapman does an honorable job of portraying that accurately. Since so many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder choose to follow gluten-free/casein-free diets, I chose a recipe to match. This is one of my family’s favorite ways to eat potatoes. Bring on the ketchup!
- minced garlic
- no-dairy “butter” or olive oil
Have you ever wondered what Sherlock Holmes would have been like as a woman? Boneseeker, by Brynn Chapman, tells the story of Holmes’ daughter Arabella, who has a mind for science, a heart for Henry Watson, and a figure that attracts unwanted attention. Since Arabella also has Asperger’s Syndrome, she find’s Edwardian society a lot more difficult to navigate than her scientific research at the Mutter Museum. Arabella is most perplexed by her childhood friend Henry Watson, who has grown up to become quite the ladies’ man.
Boneseeker is a straight forward clean-teen romance, alternating chapters between Arabella and Henry. There is also a mystery at play–Arabella and her team from the Mutter have discovered a dismembered hand of gigantic proportions, and strangers will stop at nothing to find the rest of the body first.
What I especially enjoyed about Boneseeker were the author’s notes at the end where Brynn Chapman describes a bit of the real life history behind some of the things she wrote about, such as Phrenology, L’uomo Deliquente, and the Mutter Museum. She’s also done solid research to back up her premise that Arabella and her father have Asperger’s syndrome.
Boneseeker isn’t a good book because the main character has ASD–it’s a great book that also happens to have a heroine with special needs.