Reviews and Blog Posts: Disability/Special Needs

Dear Marcus: A letter to the Man who Shot Me

Author and teacher, Jerry McGill, presents an intimate memoir which discusses the events that led to his becoming a quadriplegic.

His life, like several others, Christopher Reeve and Joni Eareckson Tada, took a different road when circumstances changed the course of their lives forever.

On New Years Eve of 1981, thirteen year old McGill was walking home with a friend, when he was struck by the bullet of an unknown assailant, leaving him a quadriplegic for life. This memoir is a personal letter to his unknown assailant, who McGill calls Marcus.

The data surrounding violence and youth is alarming.

Sensory Storytime

The Napping House

The Denver Public Library’s next storytime designed specifically for children with special needs will take place this Saturday, November 10 at 2 p.m. at the Central Library. We will read, sing, dance, and socialize in the Children’s Pavilion. If your child has difficulty sitting through a regular storytime, consider trying this sensory storytime.

This monthly storytime is geared toward children at the preschool level with autism or other developmental disabilities. The books we read are adapted to include interactive elements, making the story more accessible for all. On the 10th we will read The Napping House by Audrey Wood. Last month we had fun reading Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd.

Wonder

by R. J Palacio

Reviewer Rating:
5

A fifth-grader with severe facial deformities starts attending traditional school.  The narrator shifts about halfway through the book from the main character's perspective to the viewpoint of others around him.  The story is very real and poignant.  My son, who is entering sixth grade, also enjoyed this book.

Al Capone shines my shoes

by Gennifer Choldenko

Reviewer Rating:
4

In this sequel to Al Capone Does My Shirts, Moose, Natalie, and all the Alcatraz kids are back, and this time, Al Capone wants a favor for getting Natalie into a private school. Can Moose do what Al wants without anyone else figuring it out? There could be trouble if...

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