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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Woodbine House; 1 edition (March 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890627526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890627522
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Grade 6 Up–This multifaceted vehicle for eliciting some unique and many universal emotions is designed specifically for siblings of special-needs children. An adolescent mainstay, the slam book is the chosen venue for encouraging the venting of opinions, hopes, fears, frustrations, and triumphs. Comments by 81 young people display the recurring theme of optimism, complicated by hard work, dedication, resentment, and fierce protection, all as by-products of love. Some questions serve as icebreakers, such as "What should we know about you?" and "What should we know about your sib?" while thought-provoking chapters include "What life lesson have you learned from being a sib?" and "What are some advantages–good parts–of having a sibling with a disability?" Typical slam-book questions such as "Has your sib ever embarrassed you?" are interspersed with chapters like "Ever feel invisible?" Answers from the large sample group supply ample material so that each reader is sure to relate to some of the thoughtful or heartfelt responses. Highly recommended for all middle, high school, and public libraries.–Sharon A. Neal, Alvernia College, Reading, PA
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"As a parent, I found it very worthwhile to read the thoughts and feelings of 80 teen siblings." -- Down Syndrome News, Volume 28, Number 4

"I highly recommend this book for any teen siblings of a child with special needs, or your clinic waiting room." -- ADVANCE for Physical Therapists & PT Assistants, September 12, 2005

"The Sibling Slam Book would be an excellent choice for a Christmas gift or any occasion." -- Breakthrough, Fall 2005

"[F]unny, smart, opinionated and thoughtful, the teens' observations weave together a realistic portrait of the complexities of sibling relationships." -- NDSS Newsletter, Summer 2005

"[O]ne of the best and most user-friendly books Disability Resources has come across in the growing field of 'sib books.'" --Disability Resources Online, May 2005

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It seemed great to me but they did not care about it and we ended up getting rid of it.
K. Dawn Killebrew
This is a wonderful book that openly addresses the inevitable challenges and jubilant successes involved when your life is shared with a special needs sibling.
Leslie Drucker
She really liked reading what everyone wrote in the book and it helped her talk more freely about her feelings.
Michele M. Shimko

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jenna on May 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
An insightful, contemplative, and often humorous read. Slam book editor Don Meyer asks 80 young people what it's really like to have a sibling with special needs. The answers are as varied as the contributors.

This book is a must-read for kids and teens who have a brother or sister with a disability, and is a valuable resource for health and social workers.

Read it and know that you're not the only one who gets scared or frustrated or embarassed. And learn how others work through tough times to become mature, independent and thoughtful young people.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Singer on October 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
My daughter, the twin sister of a boy with Down Syndrome, couldn't put the Sibling Slam down. She quickly got taken up into the many comments and it definitely stimulated a number of good, open conversations between us. A great and important read for a sibling, and a parent.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Johnson on February 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am one of the 81 siblings who answered the questions in this book, and although it was nearly 3 years ago and I've changed a lot since I wrote my answers, it still feels good to go back through and know I'm not alone. That was really our intended goal behind this book, and it came off well. Seeing that others share the same joys and frustrations of being a sibling as I do will never cease to help me get through the difficult life that we, as siblings of special needs kids, will live forever.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Navarro on November 3, 2006
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I grew up with a mentally retarded sister, but in the days when nobody talked about such things and I didn't know anybody else with a disabled sibling. How I wish I had a book such as this when I was young! Throughout the book are reflections of pretty much everything I felt, at all ages. And now, I have a son with Down Syndrome, and I notice his older teen brother picking it up from time to time. I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michele M. Shimko on August 29, 2008
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This book was bought for my daughter because her brother has Autism and sometimes that makes for some interesting living situations. She really liked reading what everyone wrote in the book and it helped her talk more freely about her feelings. The book made her realize she is not alone - which I really liked! It also helped facilitate conversations with our mobile therapist and my kids together. I would highly recommend this book as an escape and a way to start talking to your other "special" child. It is not a "fact" book, but it does work to get the family talking. My kids are 9 (daughter) and 7 (son).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on January 12, 2012
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I got this book for my 11 year old son who has been withdrawing and sullen as his brother's issues have become more acute. He is the type of kid who won't open up and gets passive agressive about his frustrations. My son loves to pick this book up and read in bits and pieces and add his own comments in swirls and long lines...sometimes teeny tiny writing too! I would say this is BY FAR been better than any therapy he has had to date. BUY THE BOOK!
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