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A Slant of Sun

(1998)
One Child's Courage
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One of those rare occasions when a stunning literary talent and an important subject come together. As many as one in five children face the challenge of growing up with a behavioral disorder. For Beth Kephart's son, it was "pervasive developmental disorder"--a broad spectrum of difficulties, including autistic features. As the author and her husband discover, all it really means is that their son Jeremy is "different . . . different in a million wonderful ways, and also different in ways that need our help." In intimate, incandescent prose, Beth Kephart shares the painful and inspiring experience of loving a child whose "special needs" bring tremendous frustration and incalculable rewards. With the help of passionate parental involvement and the kindness of a few open hearts, Jeremy slowly re-emerges from a self-imposed silence broken only by the echoing of others' words, obsessive play rituals, pacing and running in circles, and a sheer terror of strangers. Triumphantly, he begins to engage the world, describe his thoughts and passions, and build essential friendships. Ultimately this is a story of the shallowness of medical labels compared to a child's courage and a mother's love, of which Kephart writes, "Nothing erodes it. It is not sand on a beach. It is the nuclear heart of things--hard as the rock of this earth."



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Hardback Editions

June 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Slant of Sun: One Child's Courage
Author(s): Beth Kephart
ISBN: 1-57490-193-1 / 978-1-57490-193-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas t Beeler
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June 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Slant of Sun: One Child's Courage
Author(s): Beth Kephart
ISBN: 0-393-02742-2 / 978-0-393-02742-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Paperback Editions

May 1999 : USA Paperback

Title: Slant of Sun, A: One Child's Courage
Author(s): Beth Kephart
ISBN: 0-393-31939-3 / 978-0-393-31939-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: W.W.Norton
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October 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Slant of Sun: One Child's Courage
Author(s): Beth Kephart
ISBN: 0-688-17228-8 / 978-0-688-17228-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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January 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Slant of Sun: One Child's Courage
Author(s): Beth Kephart
ISBN: 0-393-34098-8 / 978-0-393-34098-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
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Audio Editions

October 2000 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: A Slant of Sun
Author(s): Beth Kephart
ISBN: 0-7366-4589-6 / 978-0-7366-4589-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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March 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: A Slant Of Sun: One Child's Courage
Author(s): Beth Kephart
ISBN: 0-7366-4556-X / 978-0-7366-4556-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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