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 Leno 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 is a rising junior at STEM Early College High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Aidan is a member of the National Honor Society, is a coxswain for the Triangle Rowing Club, and volunteers with his church. In his free time, he enjoys scripting, acting in and shooting movies.
Liisa Ogburn teaches, works with the elderly and writes in her spare time. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today and other publications.
118 pages. 2016