The Short Bus

The Short Bus

A Journey Beyond Normal

Book - 2007
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Labeled "dyslexic and profoundly learning disabled with attention and behavior problems," Jonathan Mooney was a short bus rider--a derogatory term used for kids in special education and a distinction that told the world he wasn't "normal." Along with other kids with special challenges, he grew up hearing himself denigrated daily. Ultimately, Mooney surprised skeptics by graduating with honors from Brown University. But he could never escape his past, so he hit the road. To free himself and to learn how others had moved beyond labels, he bought his own short bus and set out cross-country, looking for kids who had dreamed up magical, beautiful ways to overcome the obstacles that separated them from the so-called normal world.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 2007.
ISBN: 9780805074277
Characteristics: 272 p. ;,25 cm.


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Aug 25, 2018

I'm a Special Ed teacher. The author's experience is epidemic in SpEd. I loved this book because it covered really hard territory with humor. I would consider reading this to my class.

Apr 02, 2015

I'm the mother of a 9-year-old boy with Down syndrome. I thought that this would help me see triumphs as the Library Journal review states, but the beginning was just too painful to read. I had to set it down and start again 3 times just to get through the first chapter.

Steel yourself if your experience with a school district is still raw and painful for you.

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