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Maybelle Dawson longs for normalcy and belonging. Often misunderstood, she struggles with a rare disorder, labeling her a Medical Zebra.

Maybelle’s happiness and well-being threaten to slip through her fingers as she battles to take control of her life. She faces a never-ending battle on her journey to find love, courage and friendship in a world lacking acceptance.

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Published January 18th 2014 (first published January 15th 2014)
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Angela McPherson
A Zebra Like Me is such a sweet story about a brave girl who has had to live with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. EDS is a complex disease affecting a persons entire body, but the mental aspect is a hard burden to carry. Not only does the main character, Maybelle struggle with injuries and frequent illnesses, she constantly battles with depressive tendencies. She wants to be normal, whatever that is. To her, going to school without the risk of breaking a bone from a simple fall is it. Or being able to w ...more
Sarah
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As an EDSer myself, this book made me cry a few short pages in. My only complaints about the whole thing are a few typos and not spending enough time with Malach's send off. I read it on my phone (for $1.99 on Kindle!) but I plan on buying it in paperback.
I may just give it as Christmas gifts this year.
Jessica
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Amy Maurer Jones’ A ZEBRA LIKE ME is a touching story about a teenage girl suffering from a rare disorder and discovering how precious friendships can be.

Maybelle Dawson is your typical teenager with one exception. She suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a disorder that affects the body and can cause chronic pain and fatigue. Her grandmother doesn’t believe Maybelle and her symptoms. While Maybelle’s friends are mostly hers because of her cousin, she longs for her own freedom. Maybelle is about
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Kevin Pickell
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read this genre but I saw this book in Amy's pipeline and decided I would put it on my wish list. And so I did.

This is a tender and warm story about a young coming-of-age girl named Maybelle Dawson, who has a rare disease called EDS, and thus has earned the moniker..."medical zebra."

Inspired to heighten EDS awareness, Amy Jones unleashes a beautifully told tale that is both poetic and heart-warming. Amy weaves her yarn through multiple points of view (Maybelle and Malach), and th
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Tia Bach
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 stars

Maybelle Dawson is a teenager yearning for a normal life while struggling with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare disease that can manifest in many ways including chronic pain and illness. She wants friendship and love based on who she is and not what she suffers from, a life without pity.

When Malach, the new kid in town, shows a genuine interest in being her friend, Maybelle is thrilled. Plus, there's the boy next door, Nick--a boy that's known her forever, but is suddenly seeing h
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Erin Maurer
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Zebra Like Me is one of those rare books that is simply spectacular. I've read a lot of Jones' work and am a pretty big fan, but this book was truly something special. Jones has crafted a book that not only brings awareness to Maybelle's illness, but also manages to capture the sweet romance of a first love.
Maybelle is the kind of character I would have wanted to be friends with in high school. She's sweet and talented, but unaware of just how her special qualities. When A Zebra Like Me begin
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Katherine
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Zebra Like Me by Amy Maurer Jones is a YA story about a teenage girl, Maybelle, who is living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. EDS is a rare and complex condition that makes Maybelle very susceptible to injuries and illnesses. It also causes her to feel constant pain. In the beginning of the story, Maybelle feels isolated and alone. She doesn't feel like anyone truly understands her and she thinks that the other high school students judge her and don't believe her condition is real. But Maybelle i ...more
Devyn Dawson
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is one of those books that all preteen and teens should read. It has a couple of lessons in the book that would serve both kids who are living with an illness and those who know a person with an illness. Maybelle thought she was a freak and people didn't like her. In all honesty, they didn't know her, not until she came out of her shell once she made a 'friend' Malach. It's hard to sympathize with a person who has an illness we don't 'see' on the outside. We're compassionate to a perso ...more
Ellie
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The characters were personable if not fully fleshed out. I enjoyed the concept of the book, which was to educate people about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a disease from which I suffer. I have the classical type of EDS.

I want to clarify that the weakened immune system issues that are represented in the book are not common in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. That being said, EDS effects all of us differently, and the author may have those issues (but as EDSers, we must keep in mind that ou
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Krystal Wade
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Amy offered me an ARC of her new book, A Zebra Like Me, for a fair and honest review.

The story is about a strong, high school girl dealing with the crushing reality of dealing with a much-unheard of disease: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Ehlers-Danlos is one of those diseases you can't test for, you never know what's going to happen, and most people around you think you're just pretending to get attention.

Maybelle, the book's main character, returns to school her junior year and learns SHE IS NOT ALON
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Talk Books To Me
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review by Angela

5 Stars <3

A Zebra Like Me is such a sweet story about a brave girl who has had to live with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. EDS is a complex disease affecting a persons entire body, but the mental aspect is a hard burden to carry. Not only does the main character, Maybelle struggle with injuries and frequent illnesses, she constantly battles with depressive tendencies. She wants to be normal, whatever that is. To her, going to school without the risk of breaking a bone from a simple f
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Magic Within the Pages
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewer: Donna
Rating: 5 Stars

**Copy received from author in exchange for an honest review**

This story is based around a girl called Maybelle who suffers from Ethers-Danlos Syndrome which effect her connective tissue and just a simple fall can result in a serious injury for her. She likes to be independent and finds it hard to rely on other people. She a loner and only has her cousin, Erin to hang out with. She has a friend that lives next door, Nick who she has had a crush on for a long time bu
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Amy Maurer Jones has been happily married to her own version of Edward Cullen for sixteen years. She and her soul mate, Kelly, live in Tabor City, North Carolina with their two beautiful children, Olivia and Keaton.

When Amy isn’t reading and writing, she teaches high school theater arts and dance. To say that Amy has a flare for all things creative would be an understatement, just don’t ask her to
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