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My Name Is Brain Brian by Jeanne Betancourt
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Dec 07, 2011

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Brian, Dan, Richie, and John are the class clowns in school. They call themselves ‘The Jokers Club’. Sometimes Brian makes people laugh without even meaning to, such as when he writes his name as Brain instead of Brian. Mr. Bigham, Brian’s sixth grade teacher, diagnoses Brian with dyslexia. The other members of the Jokers Club begin to tease Brian about his problem, which forces Brian to truly assess what makes a real friend. He ends up becoming friends with a former enemy (Isabel) and disbands the Jokers Club permanently. Through the counseling of Mr. Bigham and Mrs. Samuels (the dyslexia specialist), Brian realizes that having dyslexia is ok and that he can work around it to achieve his goals. This book is a good one to read to show students that it is okay to be different. Students can learn to let nothing hold them back through reading this book. It is a great read in which I think my students will enjoy.

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Nctejana I am confused by something about your review. All of the review is positive, and you call this work a "great book" ... instead of giving the 5 or 4 stars that that would seem to suggest, you give 3? It's your review, of course, but I'm simply perplexed

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