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By Scott Hewitt
The Columbian 

Washington dad pens fantasy adventure about teen with autism


April 16, 2017

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Power chords have never been more powerful than when they're blasting out of Joel Suzuki's guitar in waves of glowing color.

Joel is a typical teenager in many ways. He feels awkward around girls. He loves rocking out on his electric axe and dreams of making it big, but suspects that might not be realistic. Really, he's more of a "private virtuoso" who's most comfortable playing alone.

But Joel is also supremely gifted. He's great at memorizing data and tracking details. He's "on the spectrum" — living with a mild form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome. That's...

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