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My thirteenth winter : a memoir / by Samantha Abeel.

By: Abeel, Samantha, 1977-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Orchard Books, c2003Description: 203 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0439339049; 9780439339049.Subject(s): Abeel, Samantha, 1977- | Acalculia in children -- Patients -- Biography | Learning disabled children -- BiographyGenre/Form: Biography -- Juvenile literature.DDC classification: 362.1/9685889 Awards: Schneider Family Book Award--Teens (2005).Summary: Dyscalculia is a math-related learning disability with which the author was diagnosed at age thirteen.
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Dyscalculia is a math-related learning disability with which the author was diagnosed at age thirteen.

Schneider Family Book Award--Teens (2005).

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Gr 9 Up-Abeel writes of her torturous year in seventh grade when she was diagnosed with a learning disability. Having been a gifted, creative preschooler, she was not prepared for the realization, in second grade, that she could not do many of the tasks that her classmates could accomplish with ease. By seventh grade, her feelings of insecurity had reached an all-time high, and she began to experience anxiety attacks over everything from having to remember her locker combination to managing her schoolwork to staying overnight at a friend's. When she was finally diagnosed with dyscalculia, she and her family felt relief. At least now there was a name for her difficulties and strategies she could employ. This account is an interesting mix of factual information and memories. Abeel relates her experiences with detached clarity, but each situation is followed by the thoughts and feelings that finally forced her to face her differences. Occasionally, her well-phrased prose slips into clich?, and when she lists the math skills that she could not perform she becomes rather pedantic. While this book is not likely to be of great interest to casual readers, those with similar learning issues will identify strongly with the author's trials and triumphs. Pair this title with Abeel's book of poetry, Reach for the Moon (Scholastic, 2001), to inspire young people with learning disabilities and to educate others.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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