From School Library Journal
Grade 5 Up. This collection of 20 short profiles relates the struggles and accomplishments of people with learning disabilities. They talk about their specific difficulty and how it was diagnosed. They recount their best and worst memories of school, describe how they succeeded and failed, and acknowledge the assistance and support (or lack of) that they received. Questions generated by the narrative appear in the margins for readers to think about and to apply to their own situations. The participants come from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds and are equally divided by gender; they range in age from 10 to 62. Each easy-to-read story is three to five pages long and is accompanied by a blurry black-and-white photograph. The book ends with a section of questions and answers about LD; 10 tips to succeed; a bibliography for students that contains books, recordings, and video tapes; and lists of resources for adults and organizations to contact for further information. The stories, while repetitious, will nonetheless be inspirational and motivational to young people with LD.?Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 5-8. Lauren recounts the stories of 26 individuals, ranging in age from 10 to 61, who have effectively dealt with their learning differences and become successful in their chosen fields. Each first-person narrative describes the learning difficulties encountered, explains the school problems they caused, and details the strategies that helped the people to move beyond those obstacles. Many attended special schools for a few years; all have learned to advocate on their own behalf. Several of those profiled, including Kinko founder Paul Orfalea and paleontologist Jack Horner, may be familiar to readers. The tone is upbeat but realistic, with Lauren emphasizing the enormous effort needed to accomplish goals. Appended with a question-and-answer section, tips for success, and lists of resources, this will be a welcome addition to any collection serving young teens. Kay Weisman