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Background Noise: A Novel About Twice-Exceptionality

A Story About Loss, Love and Learning

 

Jeremy knows he isn’t like other 12-year-old boys, but he doesn’t know why. Even his parents don’t understand him. He fails at making friends. He fails at school. He fails at doing anything normal twelve-year-old boys do. His biggest failure of all? Jeremy accidentally starts a fire that destroys his house. His dad is so disappointed in Jeremy that he leaves. For good.


Once, the only place he felt at peace is on the rooftop of his home where the world makes sense and calms the noise in his jumbled brain. Now, even that’s gone.


Being different from other kids is one thing. But learning differently is another. After his latest crash and burn, Jeremy is off to another new school, dragging along the same old problems. He doesn’t listen, doesn’t pay attention, doesn’t care. At least, that’s what everyone says. Every new thing in Jeremy’s life just makes him feel worse. A new home that’s nothing like the other one. A new school that means all new opportunities to mess things up.


But this school is different. The classes, the teachers, even the kids are different. It isn’t long before Jeremy has friends who don’t think he’s weird. Friends who are different, just like he is. Except for one: Bree, the smartest girl he’s ever met and the meanest. She’s also the best Parkour athlete in the school until Jeremy comes along and discovers that Parkour might be the one thing he is good at.


Just as Jeremy begins to learn that Parkour may be a new way to manage his life, Bree sets in motion a plan that’s sure to knock him down for good. Thanks to Bree, Jeremy is right back where he started. A failure.


Or is he?

Failures, Misfits & Left-Behinds?

BACKGROUND NOISE: A Novel About Twice-Exceptionality

5-Star rated! For middle-graders, parents and teachers.

All Your Questions Answered

Why did I write Background Noise? What is twice-exceptionality? What does Parkour have to do with it all? Is this a kids' book?

Praise for Background Noise: A Novel about Twice-Exceptionality

"As the parent of a 2e teen, it truly spoke to my heart. My son has had similar challenges as the main character in the book. To see a real, honest portrayal of a 2e youth was refreshing. More importantly, my gifted/ADHD/anxiety son was able to relate to the main character, enjoy the successes he had, and that gave my him hope for his own successes in the future. I highly recommend "Background Noise!"


"This book provides a glimpse into the inner workings of a twice exceptional child and helps us understand both their challenges and amazing strengths. As a parent of a 2e kid myself, it was an opportunity to step back and see my son from a new perspective - one filled with hope."



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