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ISBN-10: 0358569796
ISBN-13: 9780358569794
Author: Newman, Magdalena M. and Nathaniel
Illustrated by: Swaab, Neal
Interest Level: 5-12
Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication Date: October 2021

Copyright: 2020

Page Count: 336


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Interest Level

Grades 5-12

Reading Level

Guided Reading: X
Lexile: 880L
Accelerated Reader Level: 6.0
Accelerated Reader Points: 9.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Topics)

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Health & Daily Living / Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Special Needs

Description
Normal. Who is to say what this word means? For Magda Newman, it was a goal. She wanted her son, Nathaniel, to be able to play on the playground, swim at the beach, enjoy the moments his friends took for granted. But Nathaniel's severe Treacher Collins syndrome - a craniofacial condition - meant that other concerns came first. Could he eat without the aid of a gastrointestinal tube? Could he hear? Would he ever be able to breathe effortlessly? But her son, Nathaniel, looks at "normal" from a completely different perspective. In this uplifting and humorous memoir that includes black-and-white comic illustrations, mother and son tell the story of his growing up - from facing sixty-seven surgeries before the age of fifteen, to making friends, moving across the country, and persevering through hardships. How they tackle extraordinary circumstances with love and resilience is a true testament to Magda and Nathaniel?s family, and to families everywhere who quietly but courageously persist.
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