Her mother gives Fefa a blank book filled with clean white pages. “Think of it as a garden,” she says. Soon Fefa starts to sprinkle words across the pages of her book.
Josefa has what the doctor calls word-blindness, dyslexia. As she fills the pages of her blank journal, she discovers she may be able to handle this word-blindness, and come to the rescue of her family when there’s a chance of kidnapping. This novel in verse will introduce readers to life in Cuba and the difficulties of dyslexia.
144 pages 978-0547581316 Ages 10-12
Recommended by: Alice Cyphers, Librarian, Pennsylvania, USA
Keywords: Latina, Latina Author, dyslexia, acceptance, accepting others, novel in verse, Cuba, island, kidnapping, family, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old
********** Fefa struggles with words. She has word blindness, or dyslexia, and the doctor says she will never read or write. Every time she tries, the letters jumble and spill off the page, leaping away like bullfrogs. How will she ever understand them?
But her mother has an idea. She gives Fefa a blank book filled with clean white pages. "Think of it as a garden," she says. Soon Fefa starts to sprinkle words across the pages of her wild book. She lets her words sprout like seedlings, shaky at first, then growing stronger and surer with each new day. And when her family is threatened, it is what Fefa has learned from her wild book that saves them.---from the publisher