||Nov 22, 2006
Come follow Baby Jaimie on her very first adventure. In this story, Baby Jaimie gets her first wheelchair and discovers things she can now do with her chair that she couldn't do before like playing baseball and racing her family and friends. By learning she can now do the things that other children can do she also learns that in her chair she is unstoppable and learns to believe in herself.
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Adentures of Baby Jaimie
Baby Jaimie looks just like every other child, but she's not. In this story we find out that Baby Jaimie is disabled. We also find out that she is about to get her first wheelchair. This frightens her because she's never heard of a wheelchair before. She tries to talk her parents out of making her go, but they tell her she has to do it.
The next day she discovers hat going to the doctor's isn't so bad. She got to play with a lot of nice kids, and she even got to meet a boy who showed off his wheelchair and how it works. The best part though, the doctor didn't hurt her a bit.
From that day on she was able to do everything all the other kids in the neighborhood did. She even got a chance to race against the boy from the doctor's office,
Baby Jaimie came into the world in the usual way. She loved to giggle and play. She had a mommy and daddy who loved her. She had an older sister too. She lived in a normal house with a backyard. She even had a dog. Everyone who saw her as her parents pushed her down the street in a stroller thought she was adorable. They all thought that she was like every other baby they had ever seen. However, she was not.
Author shows kids how it's done
By Ken Cashman
How long does it take to write a book? Jaimie Hope, a 1995 Cornwall graduate might say that it takes more than 10 years.
She was in high school when she decided to write about a disabled girl who learned to live with her disability.
She wanted to write the story for children, so that handicapped kids could read about someone like themselves, and other kids could see the world from a different point of view.
The project shouldn't have been difficult, because Jaimie had the necessary experience. Born with Spina Bifida, she has been confined to a wheelchair all her life. In school, it was often a challenge to get from one area to another.
Jaimie started writing soon after she graduated. But each time she got into her story, she put it down. It wasn't until she began to work on a computer that she was able to finish a rough draft.
She showed the manuscript to friends who gave her an honest response. "It's a nice story," they told her, "but it could be better."
Jaimie doesn't give up easily. When she was in school, she managed to play baseball on a team for disabled children.
So while she understood that her story needed improvement, she also thought the "the world needed to see it."
She kept refining her work and then one day, at lunch, she head about Authorhouse.com, a publishing company that helps authors produce and distribute their work.
Jaimie engaged an illustrator, Ronnie Dukes, and completed a 48-page book, "The Adventures of Baby Jaimie," that is intended for an elementary school audience. She said that some of the pictures can be used for coloring.
The book will be available at www.authorhouse.com on Nov. 17 and will arrive in bookstores about a month later. Jaimie said that readers will eventually be able to find it at Barnes & Noble, Borders Bookstores and Amazon.com.
This is Jaimie's second stab at creativity. A year ago she made a demo of a song she had written. Now she's reworking the song and hoping to have it performed locally.
When Jaimie was interviewed on Nov. 14, she was characteristically optimistic. She was looking forward to the release of the "Adventures of Baby Jaimie" and hoping that it would be the first books in a series.
'The Adventures of Baby Jaimie' by Jaimie Hope and 'Quiver 2 Full Cycle' by Jason Gehlert
'The Adventures of Baby Jaimie'
Author: Jaimie Hope of New Windsor
Publisher: Authorhouse (self-published)
Genre: Children's book for ages 4-8. It's most appropriate for children starting school.
Background: Jaimie Hope is a paraplegic who was born with spina bifida. She uses a wheelchair.
"Going to school back in those days is the main reason I wrote 'The Adventures of Baby Jaimie.'
"When I was small, my parents always told me I was unique. When I went to school, there was a boy in a wheelchair and I came home crying because I wasn't unique anymore."
From the jacket: Come follow Baby Jaimie on her very first adventure. In this story, Baby Jaimie gets her first wheelchair and demonstrates all the things she can do in it.
Author's view from the flap (Why they write): "I was living down in Florida and volunteering at the library. Little kids would walk in or see me waiting for the bus and say, 'Look at her.' I know they wanted to know why I was in a wheelchair.
"To me, being disabled is normal. I never felt different within my family life. When you are born into it, you adapt to it much easier.
"(The book is) also for disabled children so that they can understand what will happen to them. That there is an adult who has gone through it and understands. Even if people are different on the outside, they all go through the same things on the inside."
Upcoming work: Hope is hoping to expand on this book and make a Baby Jaimie series.
Availability: www.authorhouse.com (book is discounted), Amazon and Barnes & Noble and other online sites. It is not available in stores.
Jaimie Hope is available to visit schools for classroom readings. E-mail her at email@example.com.
'Quiver 2 Full Cycle'
Author: Jason Gehlert of Poughkeepsie
Occupation: Assistant manager at Price Chopper in Vails Gate
Background: Married to Tammy with five children, ages 17, 15, 13 and 6-year-old twins.
Publisher: Stone Garden in California
Genre: Horror and sci-fi
From the jacket: Grant Raymond is enjoying retirement with Maxine and Cory in Boston until he receives a desperate plea from an old friend in Lupine Valley conjuring up some unfinished business. A movie crew is heading out to the now infamous Lupine Valley to begin shooting a movie based on the new best-seller by Tristan Johansen. A mysterious attack on the movie crew brings back memories that everyone, especially Grant, would like to forget. Grant comes face to face with the werewolf responsible for attacking the crew; an old nemesis with whom he is all too familiar. Old memories and new battles will bring everything full circle.
Author's view from the flap (Why they write): "I've always wanted to write a book and I just always wanted to be on the shelves at Barnes & Noble."
Books in Print: Gehlert has four books in print, including "Quiver 1, 2 and 3." His fourth book, "Contagion," comes out in December.
Advice to other writers: "To keep pluggin' away. It's a lot of hard work, but never lose sight of your goals."
Availability: Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble, www.stonegarden.net
Upcoming book-signing: 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at Borders in the Newburgh Mall
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Reader Reviews for "The Adventures of Baby Jaimie"
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|Sounds like a wonderful book! (I am disabled, too; don't use a wheelchair, but I do walk on two forearm crutches due to worsening arthritis.) Congrats on your new book, Jaimie! :)|