10 January 2011

Blog tour Second Chance by Sandra J Gerencher

About the Book
Second Chance: How Adoption Saved a Boy with Autism & His Shelter Dog
by Sandra J. Gerencher.

Over the past 10 years, author Sandra Gerencher has been on a mission to save dogs from high-kill animal shelters. Her first rescue was P.J., the black and white Pomeranian in the story. She also adopted the orange Pomeranians Shelby and Lil Rascal, and of course, Chance, the big black Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix.

All characters in the story are based on Sandra's real life family. The book is filled with softly blended watercolor photos of her loved ones.

Her most significant adoption was her son, Terry. He was considered a special needs child because he was born with a genetic disorder known as Fragile X Syndrome. The disorder can cause many cognitive disorders, such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mental retardation and depression.
"Read along as this adopted dog adjusts to his new home and the boy with autism who befriends him." – Warren Reed, executive director, Griffin Pond Animal Shelter
"What a marvelous story! I enjoyed it thoroughly." – Vince Sweeney, executive director, SPCA of Luzerne County
“This is a delightful story about belonging and love from the viewpoint of the underdog in all of us ... a great treat!” – Chris Remick, M.A., B.C.B.A., clinical director of autism services, Friendship House
"Second Chance touches on the companionship of a boy and his new pet dog and the importance of stability and PERMANENCY in their lives." – Kathy Roach, director of permanency, Diakon Adoption & Foster Care

Sandra J. Gerencher and her adopted son with autism, Terry (the inspiration behind the character, Ryan, in the book)
Sandra J. Gerencher Bio:
Sandra J. Gerencher is a special education teacher in the Bangor Area public school system. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked at Lehigh University in a school-based program, as a Program Specialist for adults with disabilities. Over the past 20 years she has worked with children and adults with special needs in such areas as counseling, Behavior Specialist Consultation, behavioral research, crisis intervention and abuse therapy. Sandra graduated from Lehigh University with a M.Ed. in Special Education (2004) and from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia with an M.S. in Counseling Psychology (1999).

YouTube video book trailer 

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Awards:PBS Kids Recommended title

Book web site:

Sandra J. Gerencher Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1579236662

Tribute Books website:http://www.tribute-books.com

My Review:
I really enjoyed this story as it is written from the dogs point of view. Chance is in a the pound and adopted by Ryans mom. Chance doesn't know what it is to be adopted and finds out Ryan is also adopted and has autism. Ryan can understand Chance and explains what being adopted is and how he too was adopted and now they have a mom who loves them and a home forever. This is a great story to help explain adoption and how special these children are and also how special autistic children are also. A great resource book also.

1 comment:

Tribute Books said...

Jenny - as always thank you for applying your reviewing talents to one of our titles.

We appreciate your support of SECOND CHANCE and for sharing Sandra's true life story with the readers of Come Meet AusJenny.

Best wishes,
Tribute Books

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