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The Asparagus Bunch

The Asparagus Bunch

by Scott-Whyte, Jessica

ISBN: 9781801300469

Leon John Crothers is 4779 days old (thirteen years and one month, if you're mathematically challenged). He has been 'moved on' from six different schools and most people think he has an attitude problem. Leon doesn't care for the label, in the same way that he doesn't care for Tim Burton, supermarket trolleys, train fanatics or Bounty bars. This time, however, things may turn out differently, as help comes from where he least expects it - Dr Snot, a physician at pains to help Leon navigate 'normal' and classmates, Tanya and Lawrence, who both face their own challenges. When school bully Glen Jenkins humiliates Leon in the school canteen and almost destroys Lawrence, Leon very reluctantly agrees to the formation of a club, The Asparagus Bunch. How Leon manages to navigate school woes and family drama - and astonishingly ends up with not one but two friends - is nothing short of a miracle, or maybe just simply down to being different.


Lillian - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

Leon is a very funny boy, although he seems not to realise this. The way the book is written it's as if he was made to write the book by force. It is very very funny and I think it's in my top 5 favourite books I've read ever. I actually laughed out loud reading this and I loved this book so much! I love the way it's about someone who is neurodiverse and the way others think and I especially like this book because of that.

Milena - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

It was the best book I have ever read and it was really showing what people's lives are like with Autism. I also liked it because it was quite funny.

Nelusha - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

The Asparagus Bunch by Jessica Scott - Whyte is a phenonmal, satisfying and a tempting book to read. Filled with neurodiverse characters and entertainment. For those who enjoy reading comedy I highly recommend that you read it!

Hilary - White Hills Park Federation - 2024

The book was very enjoyable. I believe the plot of the story was interesting. Reading about Leon discovering his disorder and meetings friends even with his "Horrible attitude" (which was his disorder), was incredibly enjoyable

Joseph - White Hills Park Federation - 2024

This book was very good I found it was very interesting on how peoples brains work differently. It helped me understand people and how they think. The only downside is that it ended very suddenly without giving much context on what is going to happen next.

Mylo - White Hills Park Federation - 2024

The Asparagus Bunch is a good book for someone wanting to know what its like in an autistic persons mind. This book is also about friendship and overcoming a bully. Overall it is very interesting and if you are into real-world adventure books. I rate this 4 stars

Jemimah - Magnus Church of England Academy - 2024

I liked the book because it was easy to read and made me laugh.

Lizi - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

This was a very good at the start but from there it went downhill. The themes were very mature and the book cover was good. It was an interesting book but got very samey. This was a great book but was very repetitive.

Tara - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I loved this book!!!!! I have always liked books about somebody who is different and blaze there own trail (e.g Elle McNicoll or Alex Gino). It was very nice to learn about Asperger's Syndrome which is something new to me. I really liked the character of Leon. I thought is was very well thought through. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book and would recommend

Olivia - White Hills Park Federation - 2024

The Asparagus Bunch is an amazing book with a great story. It is about a boy called Leon who starts his seventh new school and faces lots of different challenges. Leon is autistic (he has ASD) meaning that he interprets the world differently to others. Throughout the story, he finds some friends and deals with some hard challenges in his life. He also has an interesting hobby of tasting and sorting sweets in his underground bunker. Surprisingly, this comes in handy when he wants to change his routines. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who finds it interesting to read from someone else's point of view. I think that this book is very gripping.

Susan - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

The Asparagus Bunch was quite a funny book which is really relatable. I thought the boy was really sassy too . The front cover says a lot about the book and the things that are important in the story.

Ayomide - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2024

I absolutely loved the idea and execution of 'The Asparagus Bunch'. It is a great book that shows the life of an autistic person beautifully. Kudos to Jessica Scott-Whyte!

Alexis - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I really enjoyed this book. If was entertaining and funny, and I really loved the characters. I enjoyed the plot though the ending was a big confusing.

Harry - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2024

It's an absolutely amazing book, very funny and easy to get stuck into. When I got into it I was speechless for words because it was so good. It also goes of the aspect of somebody's life so in a sense its a first and third person book. Would definitely recommend it.

Celia - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I really enjoyed this book and it definitely widened my vocabulary range with new words and phrases. I would certainly recommend this to others. I think the theme of this book is quite important and is good to think about.

Frances - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I enjoyed how some of the chapters began with a summary of what Leon intends to do without revealing the outcome. It leads the reader into a false sense of security and made the ends of the chapters more surprising. I felt like we didn’t get to know Lawrence as well as the other characters. I liked the balance between facts and the plot. It worked well.

Gracie Rose - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I really enjoyed this book because it was very interesting and funny probably one of my favourites! Thank you

Michelle - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I loved this book at it made me think about the people who had dyslexia and Asperger’s syndrome.

Diana - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I really enjoyed the Asparagus Bunch. There are quite a few books about the neuro diverse community, but this is the first I have read that gave a detailed and empathetic view into the emotions and feelings of the character themselves.

Aria - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

It’s a great story that really leaves you empathising with Leon. I thought it was a bit hard to get into the story though.

Matilda - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I love this book as I adore comedy, but I also liked learning more about autism because I don't know a lot about it.

Kai - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2024

it was a good book and I really enjoyed it.

Sophia - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

This book is a really good because I loved seeing what Leon was experiencing in his life, having to move to another new school and making new friends. I thought the ending was a bit abrupt which I didn’t like a lot, but I thought the rest of the book was great.

Charlotte - White Hills Park Federation - 2024

Book was good. Book was funny I don't really have more to say here.

Ewan - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2024

A really good read, very relatable and funny. Also I enjoyed learning the facts about sweets and chocolate.

Sofia - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

It is one of the best books I ever read. I loved it and can't wait to buy the sequeal. I recommend it for people who like drama books. Really like it 10/10.

Cristiana - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I really liked the Asparagus Bunch as it was about quite a deep topic, with the main character trying to cope with learning that he has autism. His friends also have mental illnesses as well with one of them also being autistic and the other having dyslexia. We get to see the lives of these people and how they cope day to day. What I didn’t like quite as much was the part where Leon kept on getting angry at others because he was told that he had autism.

Eason - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2024

I think the book was amazing. I would love to read another one of her books.

Jasmine - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2024

I found this book very enjoyable to read and I'd recommend it.