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

by Thomas C. Fish, Ph.D. and Jillian Ober, M.A., CRC

The perfect book to launch your first club.  Written specifically for Next Chapter Book Club, this is a collection of Hi-Lo (high interest-low reading level) short stories for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities or other learning challenges. The length of each story is perfect for completing during a one-hour club meeting.

Adolescents and adults will identify with the book's true-to-life stories and their characters (some with disabilities) 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
  • Slugger
  • Sneezes
  • The Kissing Scene
  • Tornado at Big Burger

The 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.

  • Paperback: 216 pages

  • Publisher: Woodbine House (November 14, 2012)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1606131567

  • ISBN-13: 978-1606131565

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches

  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

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