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Gabe & Izzy: Speaking Up for America's Bullied

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The moving, true story of the young woman dubbed “The Voice of America’s Bullied”; how her bond with her dog, Izzy, changed her life; and their mission to help break the cycle of bullying.

In middle school, Gabrielle “Gabe” Ford developed a degenerative muscle disease, and was harassed by bullies as a result. She did her best to keep her head high, but it wasn’t easy. Then
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 13th 2014 by Dial Books
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Gabrielle Ford is diagnosed with ataxia when she is in junior high. The degenerative disease attacks the nervous system and caused Gabe to lose her balance and slur her speech. She refused to use any type of AIDS and struggled physically through high school. Her classmates were cruel in their bullying.

When Gabe graduated, physically she was much worse, but she refused to acknowledge what was happening to her body. She sunk into a depression. As a way to give herself something on which to focus
Jennifer Denney
Apr 27, 2016 Jennifer Denney rated it liked it
Gabe and Izzy is a story that needs to be told. Gabrielle "Gabe" Ford was diagnosed with a degenerative muscular disease called Friedrich's ataxia when she was in 8th grade. Being told she would lose her ability to walk is definitely not something anyone wants to hear. She was so stubborn that she didn't tell anyone at school what she was dealing with and refused to use crutches or a wheelchair for several years. In fact, she promised herself she'd walk the stage at her high school graduation, ...more
Jun 01, 2016 Kristin rated it liked it
I realized early on that I was not the target reader of this book and it wasn't exactly what I expected when I bought it, but it was a quick read and enjoyable just the same. I went in thinking it was a story about Gabe and how her service dog, Izzy, improved her life and proved why people in wheelchairs didn't deserve to be bullied. Instead, Izzy came into Gabe's life years after she was done with school and had suffered in silence from constant bullying due to her disability. Izzy is not a ...more
Apr 01, 2016 Maddie rated it really liked it
This is a heart-warming story that everyone should read. This is the biography of the life of Gabe, who is a teenage girl. She has always wanted to be a dancer and but that dream is crushed when she finds out she has a life threatening disease. Although she does survive she finds out she will never be able to walk again. Every day she is constantly bullied and is getting more and more depressed. To cheer her up, her mom gets her a dog named Izzy. Gabe is soon back to normal, but it isn’t long ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Sierra rated it it was amazing
This is a really beautiful story about a woman and her dog.

Gabe is diagnosed with Friederick's ataxia when she's 12 years old. The disease affects balance and eventually takes her ability to walk. She's bullied in school (which is something I can relate to). The bullying affects her life tremendously. For years after high school, she didn't want to go out in public for fear that she'd see her old high school classmates again.

Once she gets Izzy, a coonhound puppy, she's forced to go into the wo
Brandi Young
This is the true story of Gabe, short for Gabrielle, a girl who is diagnosed with Friedreich's ataxia, which is a disease that takes over the central nervous system. Up until Gabe's diagnosis all she wanted to be was a dancer but having FA, she would eventually lose her ability to walk and speak correctly. Her story goes deep in her emotions and how she dealt with her diagnosis and her fight against the disease. It also tells about her finding a kindred soul in, Izzy, her coonhound who had to go ...more
Aug 17, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I read this book today. You should read it too. Waiting for the tears to dry. Wouldn't it be nice if everyone thought this way, whether they want to bring more or less pain into the world every day. Unfortunately, I know it won't happen in this life.

"I didn't have a choice about the disease that took away my ability to walk, run, and dance. But you DO have a choice about how you treat others. Each day you can decide what kind of person you will be. Will you bring more pain into the world? Or les
Jun 13, 2014 Tracey rated it really liked it
Gabe & Izzy is a true story about Gabrielle “Gabe” Ford. Gabe developed a degenerative muscular disease when she was in middle school, and she was bullied as a result. Then she got her dog, Izzy, and they immediately forged a close bond; but when Izzy developed a very similar disease, they became even closer. After appearing on Animal Planet, they started to get invitations to schools. Gabe now has a career as an anti-bullying advocate and public speaker.

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Nov 05, 2015 Ferny rated it it was amazing
This was a truly inspirational story. This woman, dealing with a disease she had no control of, thought she had nothing left to offer the world. She ended up being an inspiration to thousands around the nation and helped bring attention to a problem many have had to deal with for far to long. And she didnt do it alone for she had a very special friend at her side every step of the way.
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Jun 13, 2014 jacqueline brum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


My tears are drying. what a inspirational book. Gave and Izzy were true schoolmates. I hope Gabr and Izo continue to spread their word to everyone about being bullied. it's a lecture needed by parents and children alike.
Aug 08, 2016 Paige rated it really liked it
Fast-moving, direct account of how to cope with school bullying and the process of accepting the news of a terrible disease at the same time. Also a story for dog-lovers and how animals can have amazing influences in our human lives.
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Jun 23, 2016 Mellanie C marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 11, 2015 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Good read for anyone who has or works with kids. Would be great to hear her speak sometime. She brings the victim's side of bullying in focus. Loved reading her story!
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