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    A beautiful, heart-warming story

    Eight year old Sam is autistic. After years of drifting apart, his mum Jody, as his dad Alex, decide to part company, with Alex being the one to leave the family home. Alex is in his thirties, and is now living in his friend Dan’s spare room. To top it all off, he has just been made redundant. He has a strained relationship with his son, as he doesn’t understand him, nor know how to communicate with him. He even finds it too much to take his son to the park. When Sam is given a games console by his mum, Alex isn’t very happy with his wife, but over time he learns that through the power of Minecraft, he can start to understand, and learn to communicate with his son. Being the mother of a thirteen year old autistic child, though not quite as severe as Sam, I could understand what life was like for his mum and dad, alongside having an understanding of how Sam worked too. Dad Alex doesn’t feel equipped to be able to raise a child with autism. He doesn’t quite understand that children with autism see the world differently, most often in High Definition with the sound turned up. You get the feeling that he is quite scared of his son, especially being on his own with him. I’ve seen this scenario over and over with a few parents. They get frustrated, often not with the child, but with themselves as they feel that they don’t know how to cope. Mum Jody worships her son, and does everything she can to be there for him, help him, and truly understand him. She finally gets to the end of her tether with her husband. Not only are they growing apart, but his attitude towards Sam is pushing her away. She clearly loves Alex very much, but something had to give and that meant asking Alex to leave. One thing that I find a vast majority of autistic children love, certainly the ones that I know, is electronic games, whether that be an iPad, games console or computer. They seem to be able to connect with the virtual world a lot better than they do with the real world, so when Alex found an in-road to his son through Minecraft, I wasn’t surprised. I found that the book had a natural and easy flow to it, and you find yourself getting lost in the life of a father and son. I actually didn’t realise at first that it wasn’t a memoir, but a fictional story. This is how realistic Keith Stuart’s writing is.The story will have you working out, emotion-wise. One minute you will be laughing and feeling happy, the next you may as well let the tears flow as sadness creeps in. This is a beautiful, heart-warming story about a father and son, and how Minecraft became the joining bridge between them.
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    A boy made of blocks.

    Very good. Tells of a man and his relationship with his wife and autistic son. Shows how they built a relationship through Mine craft. Loved it.
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    The boy made of blocks

    An excellent story of a dad learning to love and appreciate his son. It was sad, funny and uplifting describing the highs and lows of an unexpected but ultimately fulfilling family life, made all the more emotional being based on the author's own experience. Loved it.
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    Brilliant

    Loved this book, couldn't put it down, makes a change to have a dads perspective of family life and difficulties
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    A book i shall talk about for ages

    I c0uld not put this book d0wn & have reccomened it to many friends.Book groups should share this book there are so many facets for dicussion.Thank you Keith Stuart for writing such a thought provoking book .Autism is not understood by the majority of people.
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