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Journal of an ADHD Kid

The Good, the Bad, and the Useful
Tobias Stumpf with Dawn Schaefer Stumpf


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isbn# 978-1-60613-250-0
6" x 9"
136 Pages
B&W illustrations
Ages 8-13

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"With its journal format, a type font that resembles a child's handwriting, and simple illustrations, the book's design is clean and simple, making it appealing and readable for kids with ADHD."
-ADDitude Magazine,, Winter 2015

"From a parent's perspective, this book can be good for starting a conversation with your newly diagnosed child, keeping the dialog going, and informing family, friends, and teachers about how ADHD feels. It's a great addition to any family's ADHD library."
-Terri Mauro, Guide to Parenting Special Needs
Read the entire review at specialchildren.about.com

"This nonfiction book is a must for any library but especially where there are family members living with ADHD. There is a large need for honest and heart-warming books about this topic. The author, a teenager, explains in great detail about living with ADHD and how it impacts all aspects of his life from home, school, and extracurricular activities. Tobias states: 'the point of this book is to help kids like me.' The book serves its mission to attempt to connect with others who have ADHD or are living with someone who does well. Tips about schoolwork, homework, medication, doctors, therapists and other important issues are discussed in a positive and insightful way. There are checklists for organization, as well as places to reflect and write about Tobias's or one's own experiences. Teachers and parents will find this book helpful and interesting, as it sheds light on how one with ADHD may be thinking. Illustrations really bring the humor out in the book. While a serious topic is being addressed, the approach is tasteful and light-hearted."
-Children's Literature, Laura Pastuszek, Reviewer, Ages 12 up

"Having ADHD can be a struggle. In addition to the frustration of dealing with the symptoms of the disorder, people with ADHD often feel alone and like a misfit. Being 'different' can be especially frustrating for children and adolescents, who are trying so desperately to fit in and find their place.

Fortunately for these young people, there's Journal of an ADHD Kid, by Tobias Stumpf, a middle school student who was diagnosed with ADHD in the second grade. This book consists of a series of diary entries penned by Stumpf, who chronicles his thoughts, feelings, and challenges about having ADHD. Following each entry, Stumpf poses a set of questions for the reader, such as 'When and why did people start to wonder if you had ADHD? Did ever feel like something was different about you?'

Any reader with ADHD will feel a connection with Stumpf and his story. I have ADHD, and I saw my own struggles and challenges in the pages of his book. On page 5, he writes, 'ADHD makes me feel not so normal. You see, sometimes I get off track. I was just writing in this journal and then a big noise happened and I forgot what I was doing.' When I read this I smiled and nodded as I could completely relate to Stumpf. Like him, when I am writing or engaging in any activity that requires total concentration and I hear an unexpected noise, I often get distracted and lose my train of thought to the point that I have to start all over again.

Stumpf also demonstrates the creativity and humor that is present in so many people with ADHD. He likens ADHD to what he calls a 'magnet mind' because so many thoughts cling to his brain just as paper clips will cling to a magnet. He also refers to the 'volcano in his locker' that has an 'eruption' when he's trying to find a particular book or folder.

This book is a must read for all young people with ADHD who need to be reassured that they are not alone!"
- Federation for Children with Special Needs, Newsline, Fall 2014

"Through his journal, Tobias, a child living with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), covers all the relevant themes about ADHD--how to deal with testing, who to tell or not, tics, and emotions--without forgetting the reassuring list of famous people who have ADHD. All sections include useful questions and a checklist that can help kids reflect on how ADHD affects them and equip their parents with how to address the subject.

Parents and kids will appreciate this funny and accessible book that emphasizes that all kids living with ADHD are special kids with strengths to valourize. Kids will relate to Tobias's reflections. Parents will gain insights into their child's preoccupations and state of mind regarding ADHD. Journal of an ADHD Kid: The Good, the Bad, and the Useful is interesting and educational for everyone learning to understand, accept, and live with ADHD."
-Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 2015

"I really liked this book because it made me feel better to know that there are other kids like me and Toby. We are not the only ones with ADHD and we are normal for us."
-Jake Welter, a 7th grader with ADHD and hyperactivity

"Journal of an ADHD Kid is a wonderful book the whole family can read to better understand what a child with ADHD is going through. It is a feel-good, humorous book that will let children with ADHD know that they are not alone in their journey!"
-C. Hoffenkamp, proud mom of a daughter with ADHD

"As a mom I think this book is a great conversation starter for those of us who started this journey several years ago and need to have a current discussion with our middle-school and even high-school-aged kids to see how they feel and what they are experiencing."
-Robin Welter, mother of blurb provider Jake Welter

"The format of this book is perfect for a child with ADHD (late elementary to middle school level) and their parents, teachers and caregivers. This book would complement a library’s section on special needs and disabilities."
-CAPHIS Consumer Connections

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