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When I was first introduced to ten-year-old Justin, he had high functioning autism. He could verbally express his needs, hold a limited conversation with most people and could perform most age-appropriate physical activities. He also had epilepsy, meaning he often had seizures. So, when I became his PCA (Personal Care Attendant) I had to deal with the autism related behaviors and his epileptic seizures. This book shows the reader what it was like for Justin to live with his autism and seizures daily, but more importantly, what his family went through because of it.
(Net proceeds from this book will go to the National Autism Assoc.)
Kian, a young Native American boy, who lives with his father near Lake Superior, loses his very special horse, Raven, in a storm. While searching for Raven, Kian falls from a cliff to certain death but is saved when the spirits of his ancestors transform him into a bird, but not just any bird—a bird with the mind of a boy. Who will win when the boy’s feelings and the bird’s instincts clash? And will Kian the bird/boy ever see his father or his best friend Raven again.
Luke thinks his grandpa is cool because he tells such great stories—like the time Grandpa’s mother took splinters out of his butt in front of the whole neighborhood or the time Luke got poison ivy and grandpa convinced him to spread ice cream on it to make it better. All of Grandpa’s stories are funny, silly, embarrassing and sometimes gross, but always entertaining and best of all the stories are true.
This lighthearted memoir of a boy growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota with eight siblings during the 1950’s and 60’s is told in the voice of a young boy. The author shares his excitement of many of his childhood adventures, all of which take place in the St. Paul area. He shares with the reader adventures at the state fair, how he paid the price for stealing from his friend the local grocer, the horror of being told he was flunking fourth grade, and many more humorous incidents that happen as part of a big family. Going to catholic schools he was mystified by the nuns and the idiosyncrasies of being raised catholic.
In 1968, Mason Adams enlists in the Navy and is sent to the Philippine Islands, following in his father’s footsteps of twenty years earlier. Long held family secrets that were revealed to Mason lead him to find a half-sister with an eight-year-old son he never knew about. When tragedy occurs, Mason takes drastic actions to save an innocent child, but will his actions lead to more tragedy? How much will Mason lose in his quest to save family?
Although the story in this novel is a complete work of fiction, many of the incidents and settings are taken from the author’s experiences while he was in the navy.