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9 LIVES Trilogy: Raising Awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
This is the third novel in the only book series on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD):
- written for preteens, teenagers, those living with FASD.
- told from the point of view of a child living with these undiagnosed, invisible disabilities.
- telling an uplifting, yet realistic story of interracial adoption, a young boy, and his two loving and committed mothers.
- having a therapeutic effect for adopted children, birth, foster, and adoptive parents and relatives.
Other books in the 9 LIVES Trilogy:
Book 1 - 9 Lives, I Will Survive
Book 2 - 9 Lives, Cat Tales
Being a teenager is tough for most kids, and Joshua Carson is no exception. Like many adopted teens, Josh struggles to understand his identity. He is a handsome and charismatic guy with a fabulous smile. But Josh has social, academic, and behavioral issues that are difficult to understand. Joshua reunites with a birth family member and realizes that he has invisible brain damage caused by his prenatal exposure to alcohol. Joshua suffers from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). He must find a way to manage his disabilities and achieve his dreams.
My name is Joshua Radford Carson, and my nickname is "Cat." That's because my life started off pretty rough. I've nearly died several times, and I've been in some pretty dangerous situations that were too close for comfort. But like a lucky cat with nine lives, so far I've managed to survive and live through each threatening event.
My near death experiences started even before I was born. Mine was a premature birth which means that I entered this world a couple of months before I was ready. I weighed only two pounds and two ounces, and I had a lot of trouble breathing on my own. The doctors weren't sure that I was going to live.