"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein

14 January 2015

Laughing at My Nightmare

Burcaw, Shane. Laughing at My Nightmare. Roaring Brook Press, 2014.

Shane Burcaw was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), but rather than focusing on what he cannot do, Burcaw focuses on what he can do and has accomplished a lot in his twenty-one years. This book stems from his very popular blog of the same name and discusses his life so far, including learning to drive his wheelchair, going to college, dating, and Burcaw's views on facing adversity in his life. Burcaw's sarcasm and dry humor will be a hit with teens who want to read this book, and his intimate portrayal of life with a disability will serve as both a mirror and a window for readers. Recommended.

Recommended for: teens and adults
Red Flags: frank discussions of sex, how Burcaw uses the toilet; lots of profanity
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

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