Pub Date 03 Mar 2018
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Can a child’s fate be sealed by the age of seven?
Reversed is a memoir of profound determination that follows the highs and lows of overcoming impossible odds, turning one woman into a passionate teacher for children who have been left behind. Yet nothing is impossible when one digs deep, and looks at students through a new lens.
Reversed: A Memoir is an incredibly moving story. Every line is rich with beautiful
detail, strong emotion, and cinematic vision - I hope a film adaptation is next on your list!
Personally, I can’t wait for the official release of your book so I can give your story as a gift
to my grandmother, who served over 30 years in the classroom and remembers each of her
students who struggled but succeeded. This memoir will move a very wide audience -
parents, teachers, speech therapists, and folks who experienced learning difficulties
themselves. You masterfully threaded several narratives together - the transformation of
Nicholas, your students, and yourself - to make one cohesive, yet complex, storyline.
Congratulations on a beautiful work!
I LOVED this book- and it is beautifully written. I felt like I was with you on every page and in every situation. You are truly one incredible woman and I hope this book and your talks go far in changing the way educators think.
I have known Lois for many years and have known of, and seen firsthand, her struggles with finding solutions for Nicholas to engage him in reading and learning.
However, until I read this wonderful book, I had no idea how creative and innovative Lois was in her relentless search for helping Nicholas master skills that most of us take for granted.
Her love, patience, persistence and resilience in the face of much opposition or even apathy from teachers, and her lateral thinking, have enabled Nicholas to open the doors to learning and great success.
Nicholas’ tenacity and dedication to mastering these reading, writing and learning skills has been extraordinary.
The last few chapters had me in tears - tears of rage at yet another teacher’s negative attitude and rigidity and tears of joy at Nicholas’ successes in both the academic and sporting areas. His arrival at Oxford is an achievement for him, the teachers who did believe in him and encourage him, but most of all for a mother who wouldn’t give up in the face of negativity and opposition.
I believe this book will motivate, challenge and encourage both educators and parents to look beyond the initial learning difficulties and find ways to engage and encourage students to develop a love for reading, writing and learning. I count it a great privilege to know Lois and Nicholas, to see the journey they have travelled and to read this book and I believe that it will be a catalyst for change in the lives of many. --Goodreads Reviewer (Brianna)
Riveting! Loved it! As a parent, you cannot help but create connections at every turn within this story. Lois shares a very personal crusade as she documents her son’s educational journey. You will experience a plethora of emotions when you read this real life tale knowing this Mother sees only a world of possible for her son. A lesson for us all in humility and perseverance! --Goodreads Reviewer (Kathleen)
“Reversed: A Memoir” is an empowering, inspiring and, at times, gut-wrenching emotional roller coaster ride. The author’s young son has a debilitating learning disability. Yet, through her unwavering maternal dedication and the boy’s extraordinary determination, he eventually reaches a pinnacle of academic success. Along the way we experience with them the frustrations and anxieties of many struggles as well as many small and large victories. I found every story and every vignette conveyed with compelling, raw and authentic emotion. Parents and teachers who are helping young people with learning disabilities will find this book encouraging and instructive. For all, it is a window into neurobiological disorders that require serious attention by our educational systems. --Goodreads Reviewer (Loretta)