From Library Journal
At the age of 18 months, Jordan was a precocious, verbal, active toddler. By age 312 he was withdrawn, mute, and unable to socialize with parents or peers. The diagnosis: delayed-onset autism. Schulze, Jordan's father, details this bizarre disability in diary style. He and his wife proudly recorded Jordan's early growth until they realized something was wrong. The particularly scary elements of this account include the parents' search for appropriate schooling and treatment; the decision to send Jordan to Japan for treatment; and the family's frequent moves and job absences. One wonders how less motivated parents could have coped and succeeded. The Schulzes, though despondent and weary, never give up hope: "We can deal with almost anything," Schulze claims. At book's end, Jordan is seven, mute, reclusive, and aggressive. This powerful tale of a little-known illness that has only recently received literary attention (e.g., Donna Williams's Nobody Nowhere , LJ 9/1/92; Judy Barron's There's a Boy in Here , LJ 2/1/92) is highly recommended.- Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, Pa.
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