Reviewed by -- Lake Leafty
Note - by a former blog reviewer - the team has been retired, but still have reviews of theirs to share.
Book Review of -- Silent Running: Our Family's Journey to the Finish Line with Autism by Robyn K. Schneider (Author), Kate Hopper (Contributor)
Overall star rating --- 5
About the book:
Running is a way of life for the Schneider family, but not in the same way as it is for most runners. Twin brothers Alex and Jamie Schneider are severely autistic—they are nonverbal and when anxiety takes over they bite themselves or slam their feet into the hard floor, they cannot tell their mother Robyn if they are hurt or hungry, and they can never be left alone. Yet they have run almost 150 races, including six marathons. The boys’ parents have also turned to running to battle health issues: father Allan successfully manages his symptoms of multiple sclerosis with vitamins and miles and miles of jogging on the trails near their Long Island home, while mother Robyn, who, while undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer six years ago, laced up her own running shoes for the first time and headed out the door, determined to run her way to recovery. In Silent Running, Robyn Schneider shares her family’s incredible story of triumph in the face of enormous hurdles, and of the shared passion that has fueled their fight. It is a story of hope and of never giving up.
Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 28
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing & formatting --10
* based on a 1-10 scale with: 1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
The review --
I was sent a review copy of Silent Running by the publisher. I loved reading about the process of finding about the boys autism. I would've loved more details on some of the treatments that were tried before the running. I loved hearing about what the autism did to the family. This book really hit home for me for 2 reasons: 1. Our 10 year old has autism, 2. I found I love running. Now if I could only find a running club that could help me figure out how to get my son to run?
Genre -- Biography
Age recommendations -- 16 and up
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- none other than violent rages of kids with autism attacking someone
** The author's links **
Amazon author page