Nick and the Brick Builder Challenge
Jen Malia (Author) Peter Francis (Illustrator)
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When the Infinity Rainbow Club at school competes in a brick builder challenge, Nick can't wait to participate! Until he learns he must have a partner--the new girl. Nick wants to work alone. But to win, he'll have to figure out how to be part of a team.
A story about the universal struggle of learning to work together on a team, told from the perspective of an autistic child.
The Infinity Rainbow Club is a chapter book series featuring five neurodivergent children in a club at their elementary school. The club provides a safe space for stims and different communication styles to be accepted and celebrated.
September 26, 2023
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About the Author
Jen Malia is a professor of English and the creative writing coordinator at Norfolk State University. Originally from Pittsburgh, Jen currently lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and three kids. Jen has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, New York Magazine, Woman's Day, Glamour, Self, and others. Jen is the author of Too Sticky! Sensory Issues with Autism as well as the Infinity Rainbow Club series. Jen was diagnosed with ASD in her late thirties and has three neurodivergent kids with different combinations of ASD, ADHD, OCD, dyslexia, and dysgraphia.
Peter Francis lives in Brighton, UK, where he spent a number of years as an illustrator for children's television before turning to books. When not painting in his studio, he enjoys long coastal walks, exploring local history, and growing vegetables.