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Monday, September 13, 2010

Second Chance: How Adoption Saved a Boy with Autism & His Shelter Dog & eBook Giveaway

Second Chance: How Adoption Saved a Boy with Autism & His Shelter Dog
Written by Sandra J. Gerencher
Illustrated by Virginia Cody
Publisher: Tribute Books
ISBN-13: 978-0981461922
Reading level: Ages 9-12

About the Book:

The timeless tale of a boy (with autism) and his (shelter) dog. Over the past 10 years, author Sandra Gerencher has been on a mission to save dogs from high-kill animal shelters. Her first rescue was P.J., the black and white Pomeranian in the story. She also adopted the orange Pomeranians Shelby and Lil Rascal, and of course, Chance, the big black Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix. All characters in the story are based on Sandra's real life family. The book is filled with softly blended watercolor photos of her loved ones. Her most significant adoption was her son, Terry. He was considered a special needs child because he was born with a genetic disorder known as Fragile X Syndrome. The disorder can cause many cognitive disorders, such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mental retardation and depression.

Sandra Gerencher is a special education teacher in the public school system. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked at Lehigh University in a school-based program, as a Program Specialist for adults with disabilities. Over the past 20 years she has worked with children and adults with special needs in such areas as counseling, Behavior Specialist Consultation, behavioral research, crisis intervention and abuse therapy. Sandra graduated from Lehigh University with a M.Ed. in Special Education (2004) and from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia with an M.S. in Counseling Psychology (1999).

In April and May I posted 3 other books from Tribute Books:

A Different Kind Of Hero

Nine Things Nathan Noticed At Night

Red In The Flower Bed

Second Chance: How Adoption Saved a Boy with Autism & His Shelter Dog

You have the opportunity to win an eBook copy of your choice one of these 4 books.

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I did not receive anything from this review. I had the opportunity to review each of the stories. I’d like to thank Tribute Books for the opportunity to give an eBook away!


  1. Mimi, thanks for hosting a giveaway for an ebook of one of our children's titles.

    We appreciate your support of Tribute Books and for sharing our book with your blog readers.

    Good luck to all who enter!

    Best wishes,
    Tribute Books

  2. I'd love to win "A Different Kind Of Hero". Sounds very interesting!

  3. I would love to win:
    Second Chance: How Adoption Saved a Boy with Autism & His Shelter Dog

    I have taught autistic children & adults.

  4. Either Red in the Flower Bed or a Different Kind of Hero.


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