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Friday, March 15, 2013

TLC Book Tour: Square Peg by L.Todd Rose w/ Katherine Ellison

Square Peg
by L. Todd Rose w/ Katherine Ellison
Hyperion (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-1-4013-2427-8
Buy from Indigo
March 5, 2013

Description: In the seventh grade, L. Todd Rose was suspended -- not for the first time -- for throwing six stink bombs at the blackboard, where his art teacher stood with his back to the class. At 18 years old, he was a high school dropout, stocking shelves at a department story for $4.25 an hour. Sixteen years later, Rose was a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

In SQUARE PEG, Rose takes us on an uncommon, personal journey that illuminates what it means to be a child who learns differently, or a parent or teacher a child who learns differently. He has concentrated scientific research into explanations and tips that will be meaningful for the many parents and educators with children and students who can sometimes be difficult to care for or teach.
At the conclusion of each chapter, Rose has distilled the big ideas and action items from that chapter, making SQUARE PEG a functional guide, in addition to a compelling narrative.

The Good Stuff
  •  Easy to read, which surprised me considering it is written by a Harvard graduate and faculty member
  • Everything just makes total sense and makes you really think
  • Selp deprecating and actually quite funny for such a serious topic - would love to sit down and chat with him about how specifically I can help Jake better
  • Part fascinating memoir, part parenting book so it makes it more personal
  • The information contained would be extremely beneficial to educators worldwide but it would mean a lot of changes to an institution that has a hard time with change
  • Inspirational
  • Honestly it also was just comforting that someone who had so many troubles (like my Jake) succeeded and is also working on making things less frustrating for kids like him

The Not So Good Stuff
  • The part about the experiments on dogs upset me
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"It wouldn't have surprised anyone who knew me back then if I'd landed in jail by my twenties. It did surprise just about everyone that I wound up on the faculty of Harvard University."

"My own early experiences, combined with what I've learned from this line of research, have convinced me that many a child's choice of "bad' behaviour over surrendering to powerlessness might well be a healthy survival tactic-and that if we as adults can understand it as such, we can judge less and help a lot more."

 "I still take Ritalin today, despite some mixed feelings about it. Like most people, I want to believe that I'm in control of situations, and don't like the idea of sharing that control with a pill."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Perfect for anyone whose child has ADHD - trust me I learned tons from this and now plan on passing out copies to my kids school
  • Educators - pick this up asap!
  • And well to any of the people who have made negative comments to me about Jake or who have judged my parenting skills based on some of his behaviours  - I think maybe you should take a peak at this (yes yes, I know I have issues but trust me so would you in the same situation)
  • Really any parent/education could learn from this - whether they have or deal with a child with adhd or not. Each child is different
4 Dewey's

I received this from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review

About the authors
L. Todd Rose is a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he teaches a course on educational neuroscience. He is also cochair of the Connecting the Mind, Brain, and Education institute at Harvard.
Katherine Ellison is a Pulitzer Prize–winning former foreign correspondent and author of five books, including Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention, a memoir of a year after both she and her son were diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for Square Peg:

Monday, March 4th:  Life Unfocused
Tuesday, March 5th:  Two Bears Farm and the Three Cubs
Wednesday, March 6th:  She Treads Softly
Thursday, March 7th:  Overstuffed
Friday, March 8th:  Book Club Classics!
Monday, March 11th:  Family Volley
Tuesday, March 12th:  Attention Deficit Whatever
Wednesday, March 13th:  Misbehavin’ Librarian
Thursday, March 14th:  Positive Thinking and ADHD
Friday, March 15th:  Smart Kids with LD
Monday, March 18th:  Earnest Parenting
Tuesday, March 19th:  Pragmatic Mom
Wednesday, March 20th:  Book Snob
Thursday, March 21st:  Luxury Reading
Friday, March 22nd:  Susan Heim on Parenting guest post
Monday, March 25th:  There’s a Book
Wednesday, March 27th:  Stiletto Storytime

Lisa Munley  - TLC Book Tours

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  1. Wow...this sounds like a really interesting read. Just added it to my "to-read" pile. Thanks for writing such a thorough review!
    Beth :-)

    1. Thanks Beth for stopping by and commenting. It makes my day when someone takes a few seconds to comment, I truly appreciate it!

  2. Sounds like many people would benefit from reading this book.

    Thanks for being on the tour!