Potsie is the new kid in school. He comes from a very fancy school back East. He soon learns that the rules in a Nebraska middle school are far different and he must make changes in order to blend in. A history project puts him squarely in the middle of that adjustment when he teams up with athlete Steve Harlan and his best friend, handicapped Peter Henderson. Potsie and Steve explore an old fort where they meet a Native American ghost who needs their help. With the assistance of Steve’s eccentric grandmother and Peter’s marvelous computer talents, they all tackle a mystery that has existed for over one hundred and seventy years. Along the way, they also learn a little bit about loving and laughing.
Paperback: 182 pages
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Potsie’s experience changing schools is a little difficult because everything is so different, including the rules, at the Nebraska middle school he is now attending. But his life completely changes when he meets a special athlete from the school and his handicapped friend. The three of them are together more than ever while working on a history project for school which leads them to the most interesting places.
This book has several valuable lessons for kids to learn. One is the changes when a child is forced to change schools, and dealing with the differences in the schools. Another is making friends with new people, and also what happens when you are friends with someone who is different. And in this case it is a friend has a handicap. I appreciate that this author shows that a handicap child can do pretty much the same things as any one else.
Potsie and the Apparition of Brave Wolf is another really awesome book from Dr. Karen Pirnot. I love that Karen’s books have so many valuable life lessons for any age child. De. Pirnot’s writing skills are awesome for the younger generation because she writes where they can easily understand, and she makes her books fun and interesting. I highly recommend this book for your child’s library. And I really feel that every school and public library should have all of Dr. Pirnot’s books on their shelves.
I received this book from the author, Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
ABOUT THIS AUTHOR
Dr. Pirnot has worked with children and families in various capacities for the past fifty years. While in private practice in Iowa, she worked extensively with children and adults in the juvenile justice system. She has also worked in consultating for schools and hospitals.
As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Pirnot has spoken to groups and lectured in universities. In addition to her work with children and families, Dr. Pirnot has worked with female inmates in the prison system and with death and dying issues with geriatric residents in long term care facilities.
Dr. Pirnot is married, with three children whom she raised prior to her return to school for graduate work. After moving from Iowa, she had a private practice in Sarasota, Florida prior to her retirement in 2005.
Following her retirement, Dr. Pirnot began to publish books she had written during her clinical practice years. She writes about the imagination and motivation of children while attempting to empower the child characters in her books. Many of her adult novels also contain interactions with children, with emphasis on respectful and growth-oriented interactions between and among the generations.
Dr. Pirnot has completed an award-winning series about special needs children. She is currently writing a mid-grade series about special needs children who strive to live ordinary lives through facing adversity and coming out winners. The series is entitled Ordinary Kids and it features individuals with paralysis, brain trauma, blindness, obesity and personal family frustrations.