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Terri Mauro

Friday Book Club: Schuyler's Monster

By March 14, 2008

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Every Friday is book review day for the Harried Parent's Book Club, and today's selection, Schuyler's Monster, tells a father's story of seeking answers about his daughter's inability to speak, and battling monsters both neurological and bureaucratic.

Getting a diagnosis seemed like the most important thing to Schuyler's parents until they got one -- bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria, a rare brain malformation -- and then nobody could tell them what to do with it. What they did know was that the solutions being offered by her school weren't what she needed. Like so many other special-needs parents, they set out to discover what would work and make it happen, with the help of a cool electronic box of words and the generosity of blog readers.

Check out my Book Club review, then stop by the Harried Parent's Book Club Forum to add your opinion and ask questions. Pay a visit to Schuyler's dad's blog, too -- titled "Fighting Monsters With Rubber Swords," it offers more family stories and photos of a pretty adorable little girl.

Coming next week: The Vaccine Book by Dr. Robert Sears.

Cover image courtesy of St. Martin's Press.
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