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Finding a Voice: Friendship is a Two-Way Street ...
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Finding a Voice: Friendship is a Two-Way Street ... (Paperback)

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Jo could never have guessed that the friendship she so desperately craves would come in the shape of a severely disabled boy. He can't even speak. Maybe it is because he can't speak that she finds herself telling him how difficult it is living with her eccentric, mentally fragile mother. Behind Chris' lopsided grin and gigantic blue wheelchair is a real person - with a sense of humour, a tremendous stubborn streak and a secret he has kept from everyone. For a while it seems life may actually get better. But as Jo finds out just how terrible life is for Chris, and as her own life spirals out of control, she becomes desperate to change things for both of them. In a dramatic turn of events, Jo makes a decision that could end in tragedy. This is the story of how an unusual friendship unlocks the words that neither knew they had.

Children'sFiction & true storiesFamily & home storiesChildren'sFiction & true storiesGeneral fiction Publisher: O'Brien Press Ltd Publication Date: 11/08/2014 ISBN-13: 9781847175434  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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KIM HOOD grew up in British Columbia, Canada. After earning degrees in psychology, history and education, she wandered through a few countries before making the west coast of Ireland home. Her eclectic work experience in education, therapy and community services has presented endless opportunity to observe a world of interesting characters. She has always had a passion for trying to understand life from the perspective of those on the fringes of society.

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Thirteen-year-old Jo has a tough life,. Her mother has a mental illness, and Jo is her main carer. Sometimes there are good days, where her mum just seems eccentric and strange, and sometimes there are bad days, when it’s all Jo can do to keep her mum from going right over the edge. School is the only place Jo can escape, but she doesn’t have any friends because of her “crazy” mum. Then she meets Chris, a boy with Cerebral Palsy after volunteering to help him out at lunch. Chris can’t speak and has very little control over his limbs. Most people fail to see the boy inside the disabled body, but Jo is sure Chris is more aware of what’s happening than everyone else seems to think. She’s determined to help Chris have a better life, but Chris isn’t the only one who could do with some help. A beautiful and incredibly moving story.

 

Joanne, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 24/07/2018

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