Quirky & Cool STAN­DARDS

DREAM TEEN Magazine - - Book Review -

by Tar­ran Carter DREAM TEEN Magazine

As a child, Gabrielle Ford loved dance and dreamed of be­com­ing a prima bal­le­rina. That dream was shat­tered by rare neu­ro­mus­cu­lar dis­ease that would even­tu­ally place her in a wheel­chair. Gabe not only strug­gled with the dev­as­ta­tion of the ill­ness, but en­dured con­stant and cruel bul­ly­ing from class­mates. The con­stant tor­ment took her on a path of de­pres­sion and iso­la­tion. That all changed when Izzy, a long-eared coon­hound pup, en­tered Gabe’s life. Izzy be­came Gabe’s best friend and con­stant com­pan­ion. When this spe­cial friend mys­te­ri­ously de­vel­oped a con­di­tion with mir­ror­ing Gabe’s, Gabe re-en­tered the world to get Izzy the best treat­ment avail­able. Speak­ing out for the voice-less Izzy gave her the courage to speak out for an­other voice­less group: the thou­sands of chil­dren bul­lied in Amer­i­can schools ev­ery day. Through count­less per­sonal tri­als, Gabe found her way back to stage. To­day, she is an out­spo­ken ad­vo­cate against school bul­ly­ing speak­ing at schools and con­fer­ences across the coun­try.

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