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What if every child knew that the traits they might consider flaws or imperfections are their greatest gifts? What if they knew that what makes them “different” is actually their superpower? For that matter, what if every adult knew it, too? The Gift of Being Different is co-written by Monica and her 9 year old daughter Abigail. Inspired by Abigail's dyslexia diagnosis, this book explores the feelings that arise for children who do not learn in a typical manner and celebrates how those differences make them strong.

Set in present-day New York, this book speaks to 7-8 year-old readers, which is the typical age at which children discover they are dyslexic. The tale is told with humor, authenticity, and a powerful message of celebrating and embracing our differences. Monica and Abigail have written a children’s book that will invite readers to embrace the parts of themselves that feel different. With her writing debut, Abigail is a shining example of what can be done if we embrace what makes us unique and transform it into a superpower.