I recently finished Kate Scott’s excellent book The Evolution of Emily, and I realized that I never blogged her first book, Counting to D.
Dyslexia, personified. Sam is a gifted teenager, able to complete college classes as a high school sophomore. When she transfers to a new school she decides to hide her secret: She cannot read. Her many coping strategies along with her amazing memory for sound allow her to excel – until teachers start looking a little closer. As Sam begin to acknowledge her disability she also learns how to be a friend to the students at her new school. Three things I loved about this book: Adults are not completely stupid. They help and care about the teens in their lives. No overly mature activity, even at the prom. Well rounded teens – no one is just smart or just popular or just nerdy. I highly recommend this book to grade 7 and up.
Date finished: February, 2014
Interest: grades 7 and up
Source: ARC from publisher
Publication date: February, 2014