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Some Kind of Genius: The Extraordinary Journey of Musical Savant Tony DeBlois Hardcover – September 15, 2005

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About the Author

TONY DeBLOIS AND JANICE DeBLOIS live near Boston, in Randolph, Massachusetts.

ANTONIA FELIX is the bestselling author of 14 nonfiction titles, including biographies of Laura Bush and Condoleeza Rice. She is also a classical singer who has performed throughout the United States and Europe. She lives near Kansas City, Missouri.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; First Edition edition (October 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594862737
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594862731
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,622,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joy L. Rutter on January 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book not only takes you on the journey of Mr. DeBlois's life and accomplishments, it explains the complexities of his "disabilities" along the way. I had the pleasure of meeting the family and I heard Tony's one-man concert. Too bad it wasn't longer. I would've stayed because it was riveting, beautiful and the man performs from the deepest corners of his heart. I recommend the book to parents of autistic or asperger's syndrome children, even if they are not musical, artistic or a math genius. Ms. DeBlois two sons, both born with these similar disabilities, were raised to bypass all the obstacles and develop the gifts with which they were blessed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on June 12, 2010
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In 1976 Stevie Wonder said that "music is a language we all understand." That true statement beautifully underscores this wonderful biography of Tony DeBlois, a gifted musician who has autism, is blind and had developmental delays. Tony's story is a Song in the Key of Life.

Tony DeBlois' story is indeed like that Who classic a fantastic journey. His story begins in South Dakota with his equally incredible and indomitable mother, Janice. In 1964, Janice, then 18 married the brother of the man she was in love with. By the time she learned the truth, her daughter Sonja Louise was on the way. Born in February 1965, Sonja Louise suffered from congenital hydrocephaly and a myriad of health problems. Sadly, she died in November, 1965. Around that time, Janice's first marriage did as well.

Janice re-enrolled in schools and by the close of the decade met Owen Mooney. They married on September 6, 1969. Tony was born on January 22, 1973. Tony, like Sonja Louise was born with congenital health concerns as well. He had a heart condition; was premature; could not see; had sepsis and elevated bilirubin levels in his blood and would later display developmental delays.

Janice worked tirelessly with Tony, who also had autism. He also had severe meltowns that lasted for several hours. On a whim, she bought Tony a toy organ at a garage sale. Tony, then 2 was enthralled with it. He immediately began picking out tunes and before long, this musical toddler was never far from his beloved organ. His autism was diagnosed at this time and Janice never stopped her quest for appropriate programs for Tony, including one in a school in New Mexico when they were living in El Paso, Texas.

On July 29 1979, Tony's brother Ralph (later Ray) was born.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven D. Shelton on November 17, 2010
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Great story, poorly written. I was excited to find this story. I read a third of it and had yet to read anything about Tony's amazing abilities. I knew all about his ancestors, etc., and family stories before he ever came along, but I wanted to read about HIM.

I don't think I can exaggerate how poorly this book is written. A most ordinary account of an extraordinary person.

DON'T BUY THIS BOOK.
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