"... lighthearted illustrations and Max's quirky personality shine." - Publishers Weekly
In the first book in the Fitting Out series, meet Max where his story begins!
A best friend makes school life MUCH easier when you're super unique and a little shy. But what happens when your best bro moves away?
10-year-old Max McConk has to figure out how to make new friends for the first time in his life and he has no idea how it all works. To make matters worse, he only has one month to do it before the new school year starts. YIKES!
In Fitting Out: The Friendship Experiment, Max uses the scientific method to test out different ways to find friends and discovers what works (and what TOTALLY doesn't!).
Despite some embarrassing and gut-wrenching missteps, Max musters the courage to put himself out there, exactly as he is, and discovers that the sweet reward of true acceptance may be worth the struggle.
Your kids who are shy or struggle with making friends are going to LOVE this relevant ...
Cathy Lynn Brooks spent her career working with children with special needs, but despite her professional experience, it was still heartbreaking for her to witness the challenges faced by her daughter, Justine.
Justine always reminded Cathy of Annie Oakley. She was fierce and protective of the vulnerable, but she was also plagued by her own troubles.
At a young age, Justine was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. As Justine grew up, she often made bad choices due to the traumas of her past and her mental illness. Through it all, Cathy never stopped loving her daughter.
In this revealing and powerful book, Cathy takes you back to the early days of Justine's childhood and the events that led to her diagnosis. Cathy watched her daughter try time and again to change her life, amazed and awed by Justine's persistence, courage, and compassion.
Cathy hopes that her daughter's journey to a place of healing and peace will inspire others struggling ...