The Short Bus
A Journey Beyond Normal
By Jonathan Mooney
(Henry Holt and Co., Hardcover, 9780805074277, 288pp.)
Publication Date: May 29, 2007
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In "The Short Bus," his humorous, irreverent, and poignant record of this odyssey, Mooney describes his four-month, 35,000-mile journey across borders that most people never see. He meets thirteen people in thirteen states, including an eight-year-old deaf and blind girl who likes to curse out her teachers in sign language. Then there's Butch Anthony, who grew up severely learning disabled but who is now the proud owner of the Museum of Wonder. These people teach Mooney that there's no such thing as normal and that to really live, every person must find their own special ways of keeping on. "The Short Bus" is a unique gem, propelled by Mooney's heart, humor, and outrageous rebellions.
Jonathan Mooney graduated from Brown University with an honors degree in English. A recipient of the Truman Fellowship for graduate study in the field of learning disabilites and special education, he is also the co-author of Learning Outside the Lines.