My daughter has a brain injury from encephalitis from the age of
3 and suffers from epilepsy and autism. Aside from that, there is a
world in wonderful things about her. She has an independent and
optimistic spirit, and brings joy and growth to our family. She is 20
yrs old, and still living at home with us. We have an incredible library, and this is where I discovered your books (we are about to read book 15, Patiently Alice).For young people with special needs, it is so hard to find books that have that very great mix of a terrific story, well and clearly written, with age appropriate themes, many special young people end up reading very simple kid’s books too late into their lives. Your Alice books have this great mix and so much more! You have provided through your words, the world of feelings that she cannot express many times. You have expressed and confirmed
the joy and importance of a family with love in their home and
friendships. Your books show a girl who is learning about
independence, resilience, integrity, generosity. To tell you
the truth, I can only guess as to what makes your books so relevant
and enjoyable for her, I don’t fully know, she is not fully able to
express these things. However, when I lay beside her every night and read another 2 chapters, she is happy and engaged and this may very well be, the best part of her day, and I am so grateful.
I will be thinking of your daughter with each new Alice book I write. I’ve forwarded your email on to my editor, and know she will be as touched as I am that the Alice series has meant so much to your daughter. Thank you, thank you, for taking some of your own precious minutes to write to me.