From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6–Profiles of successful entrepreneurs, educators, artists, athletes, and musicians, all of whom reached their success in spite of–or, as they sometimes claim, because of–ADD. The entries are sandwiched between advice from Edward Hallowell, a physician with ADD who has experience treating children and adults with the syndrome, and questions and answers about it. The stories are informative and inspiring, obviously written to help children understand the realities of living with the disorder. Great care has been taken to provide insight from both men and women, and African Americans and whites, but the writing is uninspired, and often stilted and dull. In spite of this, there is much to recommend this book: the variety of the people, the solutions that individuals have found for working and living with ADD, and the frank discussions of medications. This book, with its many discussion topics, may be best used as a read-aloud in a family where children and/or adults have ADD.–Wendy Smith-DArezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
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Gr. 7-10. "You're like a toaster! You just pop up all the time." James Carville remembers his mother's exasperated comment in this inspiring book, which profiles 17 adults who began dealing with attention deficit disorder in childhood. Along with political strategist Carville, subjects include a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, a major league pitcher, and a young Rhodes scholar. If their life paths are diverse, their stories of struggle and miserable school days are strikingly similar. The authors, parents of ADD children, wanted to write a book about "real people who have struggled with ADD and won the match." Without sugarcoating the problems, their positive book presents concrete advice from happy, successful adults. The text is well designed for readers with ADD; short chapters are broken into sections delineated by lively headings that are printed in boldface type. A list of resources and an informative question-and-answer section round out an encouraging, helpful book for teens with ADD as well as for their parents, teachers, and friends. Lynn RutanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved