Lucky Dogs, Lost Hats, and Dating Don'ts by Jillian Ober
Hi-Lo Stories about Real Life

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Our readers and customers asked for informative and entertaining fiction for teens and young adults about their lives, and we’ve listened! We're pleased to publish LUCKY DOGS, LOST HATS, AND DATING DON’TS, a collection of over a dozen hi-lo (high interest-low reading level) short stories for people with intellectual disabilities or other learning challenges.

Middle schoolers through adults will identify with the book’s true-to-life stories and their characters (some with developmental disabilities, some without), who want to live as independently as they can. And just like real life, there are episodes of hilarity, poignancy, messiness, responsibility, longing, fulfillment, and adventure. From roommate troubles to wanting a pet, and from seeking a girlfriend to going camping with friends, these appealing short stories engage readers and impart subtle life lessons. A set of questions at the end of each story encourages discussion and further self-reflection. Stories included are:

-A Day of Kindness
-A Very Lucky Dog
-Adventures in Camping
-Bad Hair Day
-Dear Diary
-Dirty Dishes
-Doctor Visit
-Evening Walks
-How to Find a Girlfriend
-Road Trip
-The Kissing Scene
-Tornado at Big Burger

Written by experts in literacy and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities, stories range in reading grade level from 1.5 to 3.5 (Flesch-Kincaid scale) and are illustrated with large format black and white photos. Large type, a sans serif font, ample margins, and space between paragraphs helps to provide a smooth reading experience. An Introduction provides important information about who can benefit from the book and how to use it.

If you’re a parent, educator, reading specialist, book club coordinator, librarian, or counselor don’t miss this unique book for your teen and adult readers with intellectual disabilities or other struggling readers!


About Jillian Ober

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Tom Fish is the founder of NCBC and the Director of Family and Employment Services at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center on Disabilities.Jillian Ober is a Program Manager for the Nisonger Center and conducts NCBC training workshops around the country.
Published November 13, 2012 by Woodbine House. 200 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Gr 8 Up—This anthology, written at a second- or third-grade reading level, is aimed at "developmentally disabled populations." It focuses on "relationships-romantic and platonic, personal and professional." In "Dirty Dishes," a woman struggles with her roommate, who is messy. While cleaning up th...

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