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Normal: One Kid's Extraordinary Journey

Category: Book
By (author): Newman, Magdalena
By (author): Newman, Nathaniel
Illustrated By: Swaab, Neil
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / General
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Topics)
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Health & Daily Living / Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: January 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*Praised by R.J. Palacio as "wondrous"-this moving memoir follows a teenage boy with TC syndrome and his exceptional family from diagnosis at birth to now.

"This touching memoir is a must-read for anyone who wants to know more about the real-world experiences of a child with craniofacial differences and his extraordinary family. It's also more than that. It's a story about the love between a mother and a son, a child and his family, and the breadth of friends, helpers, and doctors that step in when the unexpected happens. It's a story that will make young readers reevaluate the word "normal"-not only asit applies to others, but to themselves. Any book that can do that is pretty wondrous, as far as I'm concerned." -R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder


Normal. Who is to say what this word means? For Magda Newman, it was a goal. She wanted her son Nathaniel to be able to play on the playground, swim at the beach, enjoy the moments his friends took for granted. But Nathaniel's severe Treacher Collins syndrome-a craniofacial condition-meant that other concerns came first. Could he eat without the aid of a gastrointestinal tube? Could he hear? Would he ever be able to breathe effortlessly? But Nathaniel looks at "normal"from a completely different perspective.
 
In this uplifting and humorous memoir that includes black-and-white comic illustrations, mother and son tell the story of his growing up-from facing sixty-seven surgeries before the age of fifteen, to making friends, moving across the country, and persevering through hardships. How they tackle extraordinary circumstances with love and resilience is a true testament to Magda and Nathaniel's family, and to families everywhere who quietly but courageously persist.
From The Publisher*Praised by R.J. Palacio as "wondrous"-this moving memoir follows a teenage boy with TC syndrome and his exceptional family from diagnosis at birth to now.

"This touching memoir is a must-read for anyone who wants to know more about the real-world experiences of a child with craniofacial differences and his extraordinary family. It's also more than that. It's a story about the love between a mother and a son, a child and his family, and the breadth of friends, helpers, and doctors that step in when the unexpected happens. It's a story that will make young readers reevaluate the word "normal"-not only as it applies to others, but to themselves. Any book that can do that is pretty wondrous, as far as I'm concerned." -R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder
Review Quote*"This touching memoir is a must-read for anyone who wants to know more about the real world experiences of a child with craniofacial differences and his extraordinary family. It's also more than that. It's a story about the love between a mother and a son, a child and his family, and the breadth of friends, helpers, and doctors that step in when the unexpected happens. It's a story that will make young readers reevaluate the word "normal" - not only as it applies to others, but to themselves. Any book that can do that is pretty wondrous, as far as I'm concerned." --R. J. Palacio, author of Wonder
Biographical NoteMAGDALENA and NATHANIEL NEWMAN live in Seattle, Washington, together with the rest of the family-dad, brother, and four dogs.