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Title:
How many days until tomorrow?
Author:
Janover, Caroline.
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Publication Information:
Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House, 2000.
Physical Description:
173 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Summary:
Josh, who has dyslexia, spends the summer on an island off the coast of Maine and finds that he has much to prove to his gruff grandfather and his older brother.
General Note:
Sequel to: Josh, a boy with dyslexia.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781890627225
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Book

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Spending a month on a remote island in Maine with his teasing older brother and grandparents is not Josh's idea of fun, but that's what happens the summer his parents go abroad. Twelve-year-old Josh has dyslexia and can't do anything right in his grandfather's eyes, so he plans to go home.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. Twelve-year-old Josh, who is dyslexic, initially resents it when his parents send him and his intolerably "Gifted and Talented" older brother, Simon, to spend a month with their grandparents on an island in Maine. When ornery Gramps takes an immediate liking to Simon, Josh plots to run away, but slowly he begins to appreciate parts of island life and to earn a sure place in his grandfather's affections. Generally well crafted, the story creaks a bit when Janover introduces a love interest, when she pushes the dyslexia theme too hard, and when Gramps' near-death experience brings about an abrupt personality change. Still, the setting is vividly created, the main characters are multifaceted, and Josh's conflicting emotions are well portrayed. One of the few books that touches on how dyslexia affects a child outside the classroom. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-This sequel to Josh: A Boy with Dyslexia (Waterfront, 1988) was worth the wait, for it has an extraordinary protagonist. When the 12-year-old's parents go to Europe, he and his gifted brother stay with their grandparent on an island in Maine. There, Josh struggles not only with his own learning disability but also with trying to enjoy a summer away from his home and friends. Elder brother Simon is forever giving him a hard time and his emotionally distant grandfather never seems to approve of anything Josh does. His grandmother is loving and supportive but can do little to help him. Throughout the summer, Josh's adventures on the island teach him skills that he doesn't realize he has learned until a critical emergency befalls his grandfather. Janover has created a real flesh-and-blood protagonist. Josh's life is not easy but his complaints and defeats never come across as whining or pathetic. He shows heroism every day as he struggles with his disability, so it is only his grandfather who is surprised when Josh acts to save him. A fine novel that happens to have a dyslexic hero.-Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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