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About Judy Fishel
Judy loves to learn. She attended 18 colleges, getting 3 Master's Degrees - mainly to update teaching certificates.
Judy has traveled all over the world, first doing demonstration community development projects, and later Bird-watching in North, Central and South America, Asia,Europe, Africa and Antarctica.
Judy is an award-winning Teacher- mainly math and science - and continues teaching through her books.
And Judy is the mother of Thamora and Tony and has 4 fabulous grandchildren. For their new book, Tony and Judy worked together to tell Tony's Story. Tony tells what it is like, growing up Dyslexic. Judy tells his story from her point of view. The pictures here show Tony as he was growing up.
Tony was born in the Philippines, spent nearly four years in in the Marshall Island, kindergarten in California, and lived many years in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
When he was in preschool, all the kids but Tony learned the alphabet. His parents assumed he would learn in Kindergarten. They had him tested several times. After first grade they were told he was a slow learner. When he was in third grade and still couldn't read or write, the "experts" said "Tony's only Problem is a Pushy Mother." That was too much. They went to a neurologist. After many tests he said "Tony, you are incredibly intelligent - but you are also severely dyslexic. You might never learn to read or write.
It was painful to be the only kid in the bottom reading group who couldn't read. He spent almost 4 years in a special class for dyslexic kids and still couldn't read or write. Tony still didn't give up. This story tells how Tony got through middle school, high school, college, and graduate school before he finally learned to read.
His story might make you laugh, sometimes cry, and sometimes be totally amazed. It's a book about failure and success, about depression and great courage.You might even be inspired. It's a book you will never forget.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR BOOK CLUBS for How Tony Learned to Read and for Murder of the Obeah Man are available from Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact Judy and Tony in a Facebook Group. Facebook.com/groups/Growing Up Dyslexic.
To see Tony pictures in order, Judy and Tony, Tony and his sister long ago, Learning to walk, Playmates in the Marshall Islands, climbing trees like local kids, Tony in Preschool, Tony gets Eagle in Boy Scouts, Tony in High School,Tony with his Kaleidoscope Project at the State Science Fair, and a picture of Tony seen through his 4 mirror Kaleidoscope. - then it repeats.
Books By Judy Fishel
How Tony Learned to Read: Growing Up Dyslexic
My name is Tony. When I was 8 years old, I still couldn't read or write. I knew something was wrong.
The "experts" in my school first told my parents I was a slow learner. That was a lie. I learned most things without any problem. I just can't read or write. Then they said my only problem was a pushy mother. That's not just wrong. It was just plain crazy.
That's when my mother took me to a neurologist. After some tests he said "Tony, you are incredibly intelligent. (I knew that.) You are also severely dyslexic. You might not ever learn to read or write." I sure hoped he was wrong but I thought he might be right.
It took me a while to understand that MIGHT not and WILL not were different. Might not was better. It meant I still might learn to read and write if I just worked hard enough.
My mother and I wrote this book so you would understand how it feels when everyone in your class can read except you. It was so painful that I couldn't even tell my parents how I felt. They asked how school was that day and I'd say "fine." But it never was fine.
We hope that people with dyslexia or with dyslexic kids will learn from things we did right and avoid some of our mistakes.
Growing Up Dyslexic isn't easy. It can be terribly hard. In our book, you might laugh sometimes and sometimes you might cry. This book is about pain, fear, and failure. It is also about courage, determination, and some really amazing success stories.
It's a book you will never forget.
spiritual advisor with a heart of gold. She has
a way of looking inside a person's soul.” --- GM
“This was an engaging read with lots of
twists and turns, many unique characters, and
a strong aura of mystery. A fast-paced, fun
read that keeps the reader engaged until the
very end.” --- GS
The author “seems to have a gift for
simplicity of style ... creating wonderful,
complex characters with clear and elegant
writing. The story was as mystery was meant
to be written - never obvious, built up with
subtlety and keeping you guessing all the way
to the end. Fishel has an effortless way of
story-telling that is fun to read.” --- AN
“A Fantastic Read…The setting of Jamaica
Lakes was a character all its own, breathing life
into the cast of characters...” --- AA
The setting is lovely.
Palm City is a charming town along Florida’s Treasure Coast.
The Jamaicans are fascinating.
You’ll enjoy the people, the traditions, and even the goat curry.
The mystery is puzzling – as it should be.
Who killed the Obeah Man?? Why did they do it? And how
can the old herbalist help the detectives?
It may be the characters you will remember most.
Each one is unique, unforgettable and might remind you of people you know.
And then there is Jeenya.
She can make a great goat curry or a fine fish soup.
She made delicious brownies. But these probably
won’t help her find the killer.
Jeenya is a deeply compassionate woman.
She knows everyone in Jamaica Lakes. Many come
to her for advice. They say she can look into your eyes
and know what you’re thinking. She can even look into
your soul. She wants to help the detectives but isn’t sure how.
You might be just as surprised as she is when she finds
her own ways to help. You might learn from Jeenya.
You might even decide to say that Jeenya Birdsong is
your spiritual advisor.
Read it for free on Kindle Unlimited or buy a copy
to read, re-read, and share with your friends.
Book Club Discussion Questions are available on the website,
judyfishel.com or you can email Judy at email@example.com