Ugly by Robert Hoge: an inspirational memoir that discusses physical deformity, social expectations and the dichotomy of beauty and ugliness

Robert Hoge, Ugly. A beaut story about one very ugly kid Published  2015 by Hachette Australia, 188p Robert Vincent Hoge was born in 1972 in a suburb of Brisbane, Australia. He was the youngest of  five children in a working-class family. But the day he was born was not a happy day in the Hoge… Continue reading Ugly by Robert Hoge: an inspirational memoir that discusses physical deformity, social expectations and the dichotomy of beauty and ugliness

Six Dots: The Story of Louis Braille, the blind boy that wanted to read

Jen Bryant, Six Dots. A Story of Louis Braille. Illustrations by Boris Kulikov Published 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf, 40p   Award-winning writer Jen Bryant considers Louis Braille one of the most inspiring personalities of all times.  She wrote a graphic novel on the French inventor in 1993 but she wanted now, with this version… Continue reading Six Dots: The Story of Louis Braille, the blind boy that wanted to read

Welcome to Holland by Emily Perl Kingsley: a touching essay on having a child with a disability

I am so happy and grateful to have a mentally and physically healthy child but I must admit that I have frequently thought how my life would have been if she had a disability. Because there is no more painful condition than of a parent who watches the child struggling for life and acceptance. In… Continue reading Welcome to Holland by Emily Perl Kingsley: a touching essay on having a child with a disability