MY THIRTEENTH WINTER by Samantha Abeel

MY THIRTEENTH WINTER

A Memoir
Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Evocative, elegant prose tells the true, first-person story of Samantha’s difficult childhood navigating a learning disability. Sam has dyscalculia, which severely hinders her ability to understand sequential processing. Academic skills affected include math, spelling, and grammar; other inabilities are telling time, understanding how hours pass, counting money, and dialing the phone. As a child, Sam disguises both her inability to function like other children as well as her shame and fear about it. The eventual diagnosis of “learning disabled” is a godsend, but still leaves many challenges. At age 15, Sam publishes a group-project book of her own original poems (Reach for the Moon), and although high school and college are massive challenges, she finishes both. Crippling social anxiety turns out to be caused not just by the learning disability, but also by depression. Medication brings some long-needed relief. Educational and beautifully written, perfectly demonstrating how learning disabilities can coexist with real talent. (Memoir. YA)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-439-33904-9
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2003