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M.J. Auch is the award-winning author of Guitar Boy, Wing Nut and numerous other books for young readers. Books were a part of M.J.'s life from an early age; her mother was a second grade teacher who always made sure there were plenty of books in the house. M.J. now lives on a small farm in upstate NY with her husband and co-illustrator, Herm, and their two dogs, Sophie and Zeke.
"Quality writing and a protagonist who will inspire readers and convince them that handicaps are limitations only if you let them be." --Voice of Youth Advocates "Kids will be fascinated with just how Norm learns to cope, and Norm won't mind a bit if they watch." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "A light, humorous tale. Norm's inner voice is generally calm, and his jocular exchanges with his friend Leon provide comic relief . . . An enjoyable read on the popular theme of overcoming adversity." --School Library Journal "A strong sense of purpose, leavened by generous doses of humor and post-World War II period detail, drives this story of a resilient middle-grader who demonstrates that having one hand is an opportunity rather than a handicap . . . This story offers both inspiration and useful information, deftly wrapped in an engaging narrative." --Booklist "Auch handles [Norm's] emotions and those of his family and friends believably and never patronizes her characters or her readers by becoming maudlin. Moving and thought-provoking." --Kirkus Reviews