An estimated 13 million students in the United States have dyslexia, a neurologic disorder that impairs reading. Reading quickly and accurately is often the key to success in school. Without it, many dyslexics struggle and fail. Some, however, go on to achieve wild success. How? In this true story, dyslexic high school student Aidan Colvin decides to ask them. Over the course of one year, he writes 100 letters to successful dyslexics. He doesn't expect anyone to write back, and is genuinely surprised when people do. This book features letters from Writer John Irving, Arctic Explorer Ann Bancroft, Surgeon and CEO Delos Cosgrove, Sculptor Thomas Sayre, Poet Phillip Schultz and others. It also features conversations with Comedian Jay Le and Filmmaker Harvey Hubbel. This is a story about growing up, fostering grit and humor in the face of challenges, and seeing one's differences in a new light. It is also a story about the importance of heroes for kids like Aidan, but also for anyone. Throughout the book, Aidan shares tips that have helped him succeed in the classroom.
Aidan Colvin prefers button downs to muscle-tees, White Collar over The Walking Dead, driving a Mini Cooper over his mother's minivan, and the color blue. He likes dogs more than cats, Sourpatch kids over Reece's peanut butter cups, rowing over running, and thinks short people get a bad wrap. After you put down this book, he encourages you to listen to the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow, because you know what? Through this project, he's found that dreams do come true. Liisa Ogburn, AKA Mom, prefers summer to winter, a night in to a night out, a game of Hearts over Call of Duty, and the color tangerine. She has a wicked sweet tooth, takes pictures at inopportune moments, often says What's the worst thing that could happen? right before something bad does happen, and sometimes breaks into yodeling during her daughters' carpool. Through this project, she learned that sometimes the best thing you can do is shoot for the moon. Why not? You might land a lot closer than you can ever imagine.