The U-nique Lou Fox

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The U-nique Lou Fox

By Jodi Carmichael
Juvenile Fiction Ages 8–12
ISBN: 978-1-77278-258-5
List Price: $23.95 CAD / $18.95 USD
Hardcover with dust jacket
Trim size: 5.5 x 8 inches / 13.97 x 20.32 cm
Pages: 240

Publication Date: August 9, 2022

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

Rights Available: World ex. North America

Award-winning author Jodi Carmichael, who has ADHD herself, affirms and celebrates those who struggle with their uniqueness and triumphantly discover its gifts.

It isn’t easy being Louisa Elizabeth Fitzhenry-O’Shaughnessy—especially with dyslexia. She prefers Lou Fox, the dream name she’ll use one day as a famous Broadway playwright. In the meantime, Lou is stuck in fifth grade with Mrs. Snyder, a total Shadow Phantom of a teacher who can spot a daydream from across the room but doesn’t know anything about ADHD. Mrs. Snyder’s constant attention is ex-cru-ci-a-ting. If only she would disappear.

Fortunately, life isn’t all a-tro-cious. There’s The Haunting at Lakeside School, the play Lou is writing and directing for her two best friends. And soon she’ll be a big sister at last. Nothing could ruin the joy of those things…right?

Awards and Honours:

2022 The Children’s Book Council “August: Hot Off the Press” feature

Reviews:

“A spirited and creative wannabe playwright in Winnipeg navigates grade 5 with dyslexia and ADHD… A strong neurodiverse protagonist…”—Kirkus Reviews

“In this story Louisa Elizabeth Fitzhenry-O’Shaughnessy wants to be a writer, but has to deal with things like a teacher who simply doesn’t understand what having ADHD actually means. Fortunately, Lou has a lot of good coping techniques and the book takes time and attention to display these.”—School Library Journal, Fuse 8

The books also strikes an excellent balance between acknowledging the hardships that disabilities bring and making it clear that disabilities do not define people—they can even be strengths… Both humorous and melancholy, The U-nique Lou Fox is a touching novel about a young playwright’s self-discovery and creative triumphs.”— Foreword Magazine

“The storyline is adaptable to middle school and upper elementary…The author also has ADHD and addresses the day-to-day difficulties of living with a learning disability”—Children’s Literature–CLCD

“Appreciate those close to you. The author is able to evoke empathy for Louisa, as she becomes overwhelmed by the challenges faced every day…This book became more than I expected, and I highly recommend you give it a shot.”—YA Books Central

This book is amazing. I could really feel what Lou was feeling…I couldn’t put it down until the end. I recommend it!”—The International Educator

I hope that every Louisa in every classroom gets an opportunity to read or listen to The U-nique Lou Fox. It will be wonderful for all Louisas to have their uniqueness recognized and affirmed. Highly Recommended”—CM Magazine

“Everything about The U-nique Lou Fox is fantastic…This story exudes kindness and generosity and is a must have for classrooms and school libraries. It’s time for more stories about neuro-atypical children.”—Storytime with Stephanie