Raising Blaze

Raising Blaze

Bringing up An Extraordinary Son in An Ordinary World

Book - 2002
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When you have a child that doesn't fit in, what do you do? Debra Ginsberg knew that her son, Blaze, was unique from the moment he was born in 1987. What she didn't know was that Blaze's differences would be regarded by the outside world not as gifts, but as impediments to social and academic success. Blaze never crawled. He just got up and walked when he turned one. He called his mother 'Zsa Zsa' until he was three. By kindergarten, he loved the music of Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald. He fears butterflies and is fascinated by garbage trucks. With the same honesty that made "Waiting" a success, "Raising Blaze: Bringing Up an Extraordinary Son in an Ordinary World" chronicles Debra's experience in raising a child who has defied definition by the host of professionals who have sought to label his differences. Ginsberg introduces us to a remarkable child and her own unusual childhood. She writes about a family which shows us the redemptive power of faith, humour and love.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2002.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780060004323
Characteristics: 292 p.


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Feb 04, 2018

I met this author yesterday at a San Diego Memoir Writers Association lecture. The book has since been retitled: Raising Blaze: A Mother and Son's Long Strange Journey Into Autism. Blaze has also written his own memoir in 2009 titled: Episodes.

I strongly recommend Raising Blaze as a must-read for any parent of a special needs child. Ginsberg offers very valuable advice how how to negotiate the educational system to advocate for your child's individual needs. In fact, all parents should read this book to help them recognize their child's own unique gifts. Also check out Ginsberg's other memoirs and novels. After taking some time off from writing she now has another memoir on the way that I can't wait to read.

May 31, 2007

Single mom Debra Ginsberg writes an amazing memoir about raising her son Blaze who had a difficult birth and consequently processed his world differently from most kids. Her memoir reads like a novel. I couldn't put it down. Her patience, frustrations, humor and love are all here for the reading.

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