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Starting out in the seventh grade, Katie Kelso finds herself trying to cope with her dyslexia and form a friendship with a very bright boy at school, while she and her family deal with her mother's cancer diagnosis
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Author Caroline Janover is a teacher as well as a writer. She grew up with dyslexia and went on to graduate from Sarah Lawrence College and receive two Masters Degrees. She is also the author of Josh: A Boy with Dyslexia, Zipper: The Kid With ADHD, and How Many Days Until Tomorrow?From Publishers Weekly:
Katie Kelso longs to be a P.K. ("popular kid"), and recent attention from Spud, a handsome though trouble-making seventh grader, may improve her chances. But, as Katie soon realizes, the two Boston suburbanites have little in common, save for having had to repeat first grade. Despite Katie's basic intelligence and her talent for writing, her struggles with dyslexia are a daily vexation. With support from teachers, her parents and a new friend-the brilliant, fabulously wealthy and lonely Brian-Katie achieves a measure of success. Janover (Josh: A Boy with Dyslexia), who is also dyslexic, ably entwines other story elements around Katie's "learning difference": Mrs. Kelso's breast cancer, Spud's racism, a first romance and academic integrity. The dialogue, however, often sounds stilted and false, and the supporting characters are stereotypical. Katie herself is an engaging heroine; she rebels against injustice and prejudice, puts family commitments before her social life and courageously battles disability-all the while inviting and maintaining the reader's affections. Ages 11-up.
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Book Description Free Spirit Pub, 1995. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0915793768