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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Dyslexia - Escaping The Forest: A Child's View Lost in the Trees by Rhona Macdonald is the heartrending story of the author and gives readers a peek into her growing up years as a dyslexic child. Rhona was the youngest of three children and the only girl child in the family. The book chronicles the author's painful and upsetting memories beginning in school where she was looked down upon as being lazy and how she dreamed of getting away from all of it. She speaks of how survival on a daily basis was difficult and how at times during childhood she wished her parents were dead and she could live with her Auntie Helen in Australia. The book also introduces readers to her primary school teacher who always made her suffer and took joy in seeing her suffering. A change of school happens and that gives Rhona some relief. It is her secondary school teacher who guides her and helps Rhona find her way through the forest.
The author's personal experiences will make the reader realize that there are no guidebooks or instructions on how to adapt to dyslexia. This account will encourage all those with dyslexia or dealing with dyslexia patients to keep moving on and adapting to the new challenges they face daily. The book is honest, straightforward, and heartwarming and it will make readers see the author's struggles, pain, and troubles as she tries to live her life. This book gives hope to many readers out there who are still searching for their sun behind the clouds.