The Torch by Jon Roberts


Lilly and Myles: The Torch
Jon Roberts and Hannah Rounding

The Torch truly shines a light on the beautiful relationship
between an autistic child and their assistance dog…
A heart-warming read.’ Dr Carly Jones MBE FRSA h(DS)c

Available to purchase via Amazon

A brilliant introduction to the work of assistance dogs for
autistic people by author Jon Roberts
Jon Robert’s new picture book series, Lilly and Myles,
follows the adventures of a young autistic girl named Lilly
and her assistance dog Myles. The first book, The Torch,
sees Lilly and Myles venture out of Granny’s seaside home
to explore after Lilly finds a handy torch. Together they
discover a range of wildlife living in Granny’s garden and
on the coast, but when Lilly wanders off into a cave on her
own she is overwhelmed by the loud noises and can’t find
her way out of the cave until Myles returns to save the day.
Inspired by the real-life experiences of Jon’s autistic
daughter Kya, The Torch provides an insight into life with
autism and enables teachers to discuss some of the

Along with being a useful teaching aid, this book is also
great at presenting the role of assistance dogs to children
and how they can be used to help autistic people. The story
also helps children understand how to treat assistance
dogs and the importance of not distracting dogs like

Jon’s gentle adventure story is accompanied by brilliant
illustrations from Hannah Rounding, who worked with
Jon on his previous four picture books focused on
autism, disability and celebrating difference.

The book is completed with a range of charities and organisations
who provide advice and support for autistic people, with a
portion of the royalties going towards the work of Dogs for
Good and Dogs for Autism.