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Reversed: A Memoir

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Can a child’s fate be sealed by the age of seven?
Reversed is a memoir of profound determination that follows the highs and lows of overcoming impossible odds, turning one woman into a passionate teacher for children who have been left behind. Nothing is impossible when one digs deep,
and looks at students through a
Paperback, 1st, 280 pages
Published March 15th 2018 by AcornPublishing
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Narelle Todman
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have known Lois for many years and have known of, and seen firsthand, her struggles with finding solutions for Nicholas to engage him in reading and learning.
However, until I read this wonderful book, I had no idea how creative and innovative Lois was in her relentless search for helping Nicholas master skills that most of us take for granted.

Her love, patience, persistence and resilience in the face of much opposition or even apathy from teachers, and her lateral thinking, have enabled Nichol
Wendi Gross
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story of Reversed-A Memoir is a captivating story about a mother's love to help her struggling son who is having difficulty learning/reading in school.
The schools do not have the interest or expertise to help, so Mom steps in and takes on the difficult task of figuring out the puzzle of his issue and how to solve it. It takes countless hours, tireless energy and the love of a Mom who doesn't quit until she can tackle his disability and make her son the best he can be. This is a heartwarming
Sonya Devaraj
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I reluctantly started reading Lois Letchford's Reversed-A Memoir, at the insistence of a friend. But it turned out to be one of my best reads! An incredible narrative of hope, love, determination, patience and perseverance. The writing is simple yet powerful and you ache for Lois at every hurdle and cheer for Nicholas at each of his milestone.
A book for every parent, every teacher.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lois writes from the heart, conveying a very real sense of the determination and strength required throughout her journey.

I read this book with interest, as someone who was Home Educated and is now a teacher. I could relate to many of the author's observations about learning styles, techniques to engage students and the roadblocks encountered in the education system.

Lois writes in retrospect: a story which at the beginning, sounds as though it could never have culminated in such fantastic resu
Loretta Parsons
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Reversed: A Memoir” is an empowering, inspiring and, at times, gut-wrenching emotional roller coaster ride. The author’s young son has a debilitating learning disability. Yet, through her unwavering maternal dedication and the boy’s extraordinary determination, he eventually reaches a pinnacle of academic success. Along the way we experience with them the frustrations and anxieties of many struggles as well as many small and large victories. I found every story and every vignette conveyed with ...more
Lynn Jerabek
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a reluctant or incapable reader, whatever the cause.
Nicholas could not read, the schools that should have taught him would not teach him. His mum saw promise and used Nicholas' recitation of a story about an "Enormous Turnip" and a game she made up loosely referred to as "should, could, would and elephant pee" to unlock the mystery. Lois Letchford says, "I am a risk taker, adventurous and love the unknown, but do not consider myself smart." Still, with courage and good humor, Ms. Letchford takes us on a creative adventure into the unknown and sho ...more
Michelle Radke
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Reversed: A Memoir" is an uplifting, real-life tale of a child labelled as one of the worst seen in 20 years who ultimately graduates with a doctorate from Oxford University. How did that happen? Read this book and go on this child's, and his mother's, journeys through various education systems. You'll be challenged by questions about traditional teaching methods, measures of success and failure and what shapes how we view ourselves. This is a great read which will touch your heart and stir mem ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reversed is an interesting recollection of a mother and son never giving up on one another and beating the odds together. Lois's personality & passion come out on every page and draw you in. If you or someone you love have ever struggled with reading, you'll relate deeply to this story and be inspired to find someone like Lois to help them. I highly recommend it! ...more
Mrs A J Perry
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just wow!
Here is mom who herself has had reading difficulties.
Here is a son who has significant reading difficulties.
Here is a mum whose belief in her son is unshakeable.
Here is an account of persistence and progress in the face of, at times, overwhelming odds.

Nicholas, at 6 labelled unteachable, is now, as an adult, a highly accomplished academic.

Lois is now a highly regarded and highly successful teacher helping many students overcome similar reading difficulties to those she and her Nich
Karen DeBonis
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every teacher, anyone who works with children, every parent who struggles with a child who struggles to succeed, needs to read this book. In fact, parents who don't struggle should also read it, as it will give them an idea of what their friends and loved ones may endure with their children. I was a parent who endured, and I wish my friends and family had this book to read, to help them understand. ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is brilliantly written - I could stop reading it and finished within just a couple days after it arrived.
A fascinating true story about a mother that didn't give up on teaching her son despite the hopeless of the teachers.
A book I would definitely recommend, especially to any mother or anyone lightly related to education. It's important to raise awareness of these type of difficulties and change the education system to pay attention and promptly help children with learning disabilities
Jill Adams
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love buying non fiction reads for our school library and this is one that I will definitely be purchasing. It is important that the students read a range of books on a diverse array of subjects and Lois Letchford's book was incredibly readable. The senior students will definitely enjoy reading it and I think that they'll find it extremely interesting as well as giving them a better insight into the subject matter. I have ordered a copy and look forward to recommending it to our seniors who enj ...more
Carolyn Hastings
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know Lois Letchford until I came across her book - Reversed: A Memoir - via a mutual contact on social media. When Lois offered to send me a pre-publication version of her book, I jumped at the opportunity. Something told me that this was a book I really needed to read. I was right.

In fact, I think it's a book that lots of people need to read - for all sorts of reasons.

For me, reading this book was like taking a walk down memory lane. At each step in Nicholas' literacy journey, I was
R.D. Kardon
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping, exultant!

Do not pass this book by. What I first thought would only be Nicholas' story turned into a true memoir. It was a privilege to read about how both Lois and Nicholas were transformed. This book read more like a novel whose pages I could not stop turning. I hope we hear more from Lois Letchford.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 2018
Lois Letchford has written an incredible story of her determination to support her son. As you read her story, you feel as if you are sharing a conversation with her. Her writing captures the emotion of each scenario along with a vision of the interactions. Just read the short Prologue and you will be wanting to read more!
This story describes events that no parent should experience when engaging with their child’s educators! As ‘stunned’ as Lois was in meeting with her son’s teacher on his sixt
Ian Halford
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story of a mother who refuses to give up when confronted by her son's learning difficulties. Set across three continents and three decades, it is an engaging read which will entertain and give you some insight into the challenges faced by those for whom standard teaching methods have failed. ...more
Christine Shiely
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This memoir, at times, moved me to tears and at other times made my heart sing with joy. I cheered on and admired the determination and perseverance of a mother desperately searching for the keys that would open up and further engage her son to explore and learn about the world around him. When others gave up, this mother (the author) courageously carried on and believed in her son’s ability to learn. Determination, perseverance, and a mother’s undying love and support, led to remarkable discove ...more
Sharon Robertson-Norden
Reversed hit home when I was able to read an early copy. As a mother of a special needs child AND a teacher, this book was so close to home, I could not put it down. The unfolding of the story and how Lois deals with triumphs and tragedies is heartbreaking and heartwarming. There are parts of the story that give ideas how to problem solve and follow through with determination and love. It is an incredible journey you don't want to miss. ...more
Lakshmi Neelakantan
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'Reversed: A Memoir' is a must read for anyone even tangentially involved in education, teaching, researching learning difficulties, or perhaps the most important of all, parents/caregivers with a child who finds school challenging. 'Reversed : A Memoir' tells the story of Lois and her son Nicholas. It begins with a devastating pronouncement - Nicholas is slow at school, struggling to read, and has a dim future, at best. Official testing confirms that Nicholas has little hope of becoming better. ...more
Sara Pendley
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Being a mother and a former teacher, I was intrigued by the description of Reversed - A Memoir. How would someone write a memoir about teaching a child to read? I was captivated from the first page. This was not a dry educational treatise with step by step instructions but rather a heartfelt memoir of a mother and son's journey to help him learn to read. The miracle is that neither of them ever lost their love of learning or reading. Both of them were highly motivated and tenacious and never gav ...more
Carol Fitzpatrick
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
" I've finished reading your heartwarming book & found it inspirational, comical, frustrating, shocking & most of all, amazing! It should be required reading for all who teach children, especially those with "learning disabilities". Once I started reading this book, I found it difficult to put down.
A must read!

Christl Mueller
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This memoir is the poignant and heartbreaking true story of one family's quest to find their son the instruction needed to be successful in school and life. As I read this story, my heart broke for Lois and young Nicholas as they struggled to find their way in seeking out the right kind of instruction for Nicholas to learn to read. The story offers rays of hope throughout, amidst small moments of success, (Nicholas reciting Tolstoy’s The Great Big Enormous Turnip, Nicholas learning to swim) to l ...more
Kalpana Neelakantan
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I know that Lois is a wonderful person and I know her well. But I had know idea how talented she was until I read ‘Reversed: A Memoir’! A very good book written by Lois, the hardships she has undergone to bring up Nicholas from the age of 7 to 11 years and beyond, the stress faced both by the mother and the son is really challenging. A great/good applause from the mother to the son for every milestone he crosses. The hardwork and the dedication made by Lois really brings tears into our eyes and ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having been intimately involved in this story from the beginning it is moving to approach it through Lois' eyes; her struggles, her disasters, and her triumphs with educating Nicholas to read, develop, and prosper. It is not only the story of a child's continued growth through a 'disability', but that of a journey of self-discovery of a mother dedicated to improving not only her own child's future but all those children she touches. This is a truly moving story, full of passion, emotion, and pow ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reversed: A Memoir is an incredibly moving story. Every line is rich with beautiful detail, strong emotion, and cinematic vision - I hope a film adaptation is next! This memoir will move a very wide audience - parents, teachers, speech therapists, and folks who experienced learning difficulties themselves. The author has masterfully threaded several narratives together to make one cohesive, yet complex, story-line.
Stephanie Affinito
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every educator needs to read this book. Lois writes in such a way that you cannot help but see, hear and feel her struggles and successes as she advocates for her son within the educational system. Her words went from the page to my heart as I laughed and cried alongside her and Nicholas. Every child needs a champion and once they do, previously unimaginable possibilities emerge to give students a new story for themselves. Simply beautiful.
Karen Thornton
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Reversed: A Memoir" is a must read for every parent who worries that their child may be "different" and for every educator who must realize that his/her words are so powerful to a child that they must always be positive & uplifting! Lois has an enchanting writing technique that even a hardened critic can relate and feel. You will laugh; you will cry but most importantly, you will come away enriched for having read this book!
Karen Thornton
Nicholas' Lubbock Principal
Anne N de fernandez
A book well worth reading especially if you are challenged with a child who has a struggle reading. This book proves that with determination and faith everything can be achieved! It also shows the challenges faced by teachers who have to handle such a wide rage of problems in the classroom and the determination of a mother's struggle to help her son move forward. ...more
christine b foley
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reversed is a heartwarming saga of a mother who is on a quest to find the secret to unlock her son's potential after years of being told by educators that her son had very little potential. This book is a wonderful testimony of the power of a mother's unconditional love, ability to think outside the box, and her perseverance to never give up. Reversed was a joy to read --- hard to put down. ...more
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