I'm Somebody Too


When her brother responds to therapy for ADD, Emily no longer knows what her family role should be.

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When her brother responds to therapy for ADD, Emily no longer knows what her family role should be.

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- Emily, 12, has a younger brother who is hyperactive and a slow learner. Her worry about him affects her schoolwork and her peer relationships. Her family tends to operate with denial; feelings are hidden until her parents seek professional help. They learn that the boy has ADD--``Attention Deficit Disorder''--which is treatable through structuring his behavior and taking medication. As Ben becomes calmer and more organized and the family engages in activities together, Emily has feelings of jealousy, rage, and guilt. What saves her is an inner voice, a dialogue with her frustration and anger and with her protective love for her brother; she is finally able to deal with her ambivalence by recognizing that it is an okay part of her. The dynamics of the plot involve everyday activities from which relationships and feelings grow. In addition to a good story, Gehret offers a few pages on how siblings can deal with frustration. Her book may help children accept the idea of therapy and the comfort and insight it may bring.-- Judith Lipshutz, Norristown Public Library, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884281136
  • Publisher: Verbal Images Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Pages: 50
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeanne Gehret is the author of The Don't-Give-Up Kid and Learning Differences and Eagle Eyes: A Child's Guide to Paying Attention.

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