London, United Kingdom, May 13, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Sue Birch, the author of "Dead Puzzling" a newly published children's murder mystery, is donating half her royalties to the National Autistic Society. When her son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome Sue says the NAS in Leicester gave him incredible support and offered him the chance to lead an almost normal life. The charity enabled him to attend mainstream college courses and enjoy an active social life.
"At just sixteen Michael was not allowed to stay on at school because his academic qualifications weren't good enough," Sue recalls. "The only option offered to us at the time was a place in a special needs centre which meant he would have to live a long way from home. It seemed very cruel at the time to separate a boy with such complex needs from his family, so when the NAS gave him the chance to continue with his education and stay at home we jumped at the chance."
Nine year old Oliver Pickles, one of the young heroes in "Dead Puzzling" also suffers from autism and many of his antics are based on Michael's behaviour when he was younger.
"Although", Sue adds hastily, "As far as I know Michael did not try to track down a killer or solve any murders!"
Now Sue hopes that her crime thriller which is aimed at eight to twelve year olds will generate funds for the UK's leading charity for people with autism. "We can never repay the National Autistic Society enough but I hope this goes some way to showing how grateful we are," says Sue.
"Dead Puzzling" is on sale at Amazon and all good book stores.