Eleven-year-old Stephen Harris is a clumsy boy: he spills juice at the dinner table, loses his school bag on the bus and struggles to read his own messy handwriting. How will he cope at secondary school, where there will be so many different things to learn and remember, when he can't even tie his shoe-laces? Stephen's school life looks set to be full of trouble until a new teacher and a special needs advisor arrive to help Stephen with his coordination, concentration and organisation difficulties.
Taking a light-hearted and humorous look at life through the eyes of an eleven-year-old boy, this book recounts the everyday problems that are faced by children with Developmental Co-ordination Disorders (DCDs), and contains creative and positive approaches to teaching and parenthood that readers will find hugely supportive.
Tim Nichol is married to Ursula and has three children, Toby, Kate and Lukas. He is an Advisor for Special Education Needs in English-speaking school and is based in Germany. When he is not driving one of the 4000 kilometres he covers each month, Tim is working with teachers, assistants, parents and pupils, trying to make learning the exciting and rewarding experience it should be. This is his first novel.
1. Meet the family - and Stephen! 2. Steve has a really bad day from dawn to dusk and something has to give... 3. A miraculous day all round. 4. Miss Sebastian has a way with children. 5. The bubble bursts - sadly! 6. Miracle questions - Mike Quinn meets Stephen. 7. Family conference - At the school gates. 8. Business partners - Rita returns. 9. Meanwhile back at the meeting things are looking up. 10. Ginger nuts at Gran's. 11. A disturbed night. 12. Into action 13. Dinner for two. 14. Reading the signs. 15. Cupid strikes. 16. Taster day.