The Short Bus

The Short Bus

A Journey Beyond Normal

Book - 2007
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"What makes this journey so inspiring is Mooney's transcendent humor; the self he has become does not turn away from old pain but can laugh at it, make fun of it, make it into something beautiful."-- Los Angeles Times

Labeled "dyslexic and profoundly learning disabled," Jonathan Mooney was a short-bus rider--a derogatory term used for kids in special education. To learn how others had moved beyond labels, he bought his own short bus and set out cross-country, looking for kids who had dreamed up magical, beautiful ways to overcome the obstacles that separated them from the so-called normal world.
The Short Bus is his irreverent and poignant record of that odyssey, meeting thirteen people in thirteen states who taught Mooney that there's no such thing as normal--and that to really live, every person must find their own special way of keeping on. The Short Bus is a unique gem, propelled by Mooney's heart, humor, and outrageous rebellions.

Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805088045
Characteristics: 272 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 25, 2018

I'm a Special Ed teacher. The author's experience is epidemic in SpEd. I loved this book because it covered really hard territory with humor. I would consider reading this to my class.

Apr 02, 2015

I'm the mother of a 9-year-old boy with Down syndrome. I thought that this would help me see triumphs as the Library Journal review states, but the beginning was just too painful to read. I had to set it down and start again 3 times just to get through the first chapter.

Steel yourself if your experience with a school district is still raw and painful for you.


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