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How Many Days Until Tomorrow?

Press: Goose River Press (July 22, 2000)
Author Name:Janover, Caroline


HOW MANY DAYS UNTIL TOMORROW? 2001 Parents' Choice Award  Josh is a twelve-year-old with dyslexia who spends the summer on a remote island in Maine with his teasing older brother Simon and grandparents he hardly knows. 
His "bug-eyed" grandfather (alias Grumps) rarely says a kind word.
Living on Seal Island is torture until Josh realizes his own ingenuity.
He captures a pet mouse, learns about seals and whales and meets a cute girl.
In a dramatic, life-threatening emergency, Josh learns he is just as smart as his "gifted" older brother.
He spends "the worst and the best" summer of his life on Seal Island, far out to sea off the coast of Maine.
"I loved HOW MANY DAYS UNTIL TOMORROW?, but as a true test I had it reviewed by an expert, my 11-year-old daughter, Lucy.
She wolfed it down like a delicious meal, and when she was done she pronounced it excellent.
'It's a super book, Dad.
I hope lots of people read it.' I couldn't agree with Lucy more." -Edward M.
Hallowell, M.D.
author of Driven to Distraction "Josh is the kind of boy I wish every kid could meet...hard-working, sensitive, adventuresome, intelligent, and yes...dyslexic! Thanks to Caroline Janover for giving young people a great story and an even greater understanding of what it means to be dyslexic." -J.
Thomas Viall, Former Executive Director, International Dyslexia Association "Janover has created a real flesh-and-blood protagonist.
...A fine novel that happens to have a dyslexic hero." -School Library Journal

From Booklist

Twelve-year-old Josh, who is dyslexic, initially resents it when his parents send him and his intolerably "Gifted and Talented" older brother, Simon, to spend a month with their grandparents on an island in Maine.
When ornery Gramps takes an immediate liking to Simon, Josh plots to run away, but slowly he begins to appreciate parts of island life and to earn a sure place in his grandfather's affections.
Generally well crafted, the story creaks a bit when Janover introduces a love interest, when she pushes the dyslexia theme too hard, and when Gramps' near-death experience brings about an abrupt personality change.
Still, the setting is vividly created, the main characters are multifaceted, and Josh's conflicting emotions are well portrayed.
One of the few books that touches on how dyslexia affects a child outside the classroom.
Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association.
All rights reserved

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From the Publisher

A Review... 
"A few years ago this author wrote the book called, Josh, A Boy with Dyslexia.
Later she wrote Zipper about a boy with attention deficits.
Now she has written another book about Josh, who is now 12 and about to enter middle school.
The tale takes place during the summer when Josh and his pesky older brother, who is a good student and knows everything, are sent to spend the summer on an island off the coast of Maine.
Josh wants to leave immediately, plans to run off, but then stays because of his fondness for his grandmother.
His feelings for his grandfather are not so positive.
Josh has adventures, copes with his brother, learns to love and respect his grandparents, grows up a lot during this time, and even becomes a hero.
The characters are real.
All children with dyslexia and a sibling probably experience their being 'know-it-alls' and wish them out of their lives.
If they are lucky, they may have grandparents like this with much to offer of love, wisdom, and wise ways, who they can come to understand.
Josh's dyslexia is quite secondary to this story.
He has pet crabs named Orton and Gillingham, occasionally mixes up syllables in words when he speaks.
But he is a most appealing boy-one we would all like to know and to read more about.
The title is wonderful.
We all have known times when it seems as though it will be many days until tomorrow.
The book is suggested for grade 3 to 6.
This is a story that parents may need to read with their children who have dyslexia, but one the children are likely to read again and again on their own.
I enjoyed this book very much.
I am sure that teenagers and other adults will like it, too." --Perspectives (Winter 2001; newsletter of the International Dyslexia Association)

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About the Author

Caroline Janover holds a master's degree in special education from both Boston University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. 
She is currently a Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant in the Ridgewood, New Jersey public school system.
Her previous books include Zipper, the Kid with ADHD (Woodbine House, 1997) and The Worst Speller in Junior High.
Janover has dyslexia and her books reflect her personal experience.

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  •     In Caroline Janover's highly recommended novel How Many Days Until Tomorrow?, Young Josh is so lonely and unhappy that he things about running away from his grandparent's home on Seal Island, a remote island in Maine to New Jersey in order to stay with his friend Zipper. This is because of his teasing older brother, and Gramps, who is always barking at his grandsons and giving them backbreaking chores. It's Josh's attentive, sweet-natured grandmother Nana that he regrets having to leave behind. Then life on Seal Island captivates and challenges him, teaching Josh about self-sufficiency and respect for the rare sea animals that inhabit the rugged New England coast. Josh's biggest challenge comes toward the end of summer when he must face a life-threatening emergency and use skills he doesn't know he has to lead the rescue. How Many Days Until Tomorrow? is an engaging, inspiring, and realistic novel of coping with frustration and loneliness, and is enhanced for young readers grades 3 to 6 with ten black/white drawings by Charlotte Fremaux.

  •     The book, "How Many Days until Tomorrow?" by Caroline Janover, is definitely a good book for a middle school student. It is about a twelve year old boy named Josh with dyslexia who is made to stay with his grandparents on Seal Island along with his older brother, Simon. His older brother constantly teases him because he can't read. The book mainly takes place on the island and Josh absolutely hates it there because there is no television, hot water, and he has to obey his grandfather who doesn't really like him that much either. "How Many Days until Tomorrow" teaches a kid that no matter what disability a child has, they should be included in society because they have other abilities and things that they can do. In the book, it said that in school, Josh would work himself up in class because he was afraid that he would have to read aloud in front of everyone. Josh's resource program teacher tells him to read for at least half an hour every day, however, when his grandmother reads aloud to him at night on the island, he can remember the details very vividly and correctly. This is the main point of the novel: adapting to individual's needs. Josh can do anything, except read accurately and fluently, but when he has things read to him, he functions better and is less stressed. I would say that this story is a good, quality book to give to a middle schooler because by the end of the book, Josh realizes that he has so many other qualities that outshine his inability to read. I think he also grows as a person by knowing that people like him for his other abilities and don't dislike him because of he has dyslexia. I would definitely give this book to a classroom of middle level students because I think it could help them learn how to include children with disabilities in regular education classrooms and how to adapt to them.


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