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Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
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Feb 24, 2009

really liked it
Read in February, 2009

I didn't think that I would like this book as much as I did. Especially being an Oprah pick at one point, but if you're an educator, interested in children who are different or differently abled. Or if you just like a good ol' Southern novel (like me), you should read this.

Icy Sparks is growing up in rural Kentucky with her grandparents during the 50s and 60s with undiagnosed Tourette's Syndrome. We follow her into the class room where she is painfully spirited and shunned, to the mental hospital where she is face to face with other kids who are worse off than she, and to the fields where she falls in love only as a 13 year old can.

The only negative thing about this book is the ending and it is a bizarre ten pages to push through but the overall feeling of the book is uplifting. Because only through adversity and challenges do we see how special Icy Sparks is.
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