Lucky Dogs, Lost Hats, and Dating Don’ts:
Hi-Lo Stories about Real Life


Written by Thomas Fish, Ph.D. & Jillian Ober, M.A., CRC
isbn 978-1-60613-156-5 / 2012 / Paperback / 6″ x 9″ / 216 pages / Photos / Middle Schoolers-Adults



Our readers and customers asked for informative and entertaining fiction for teens and young adults about their lives, and we’ve listened! We’re pleased to publish Lucky Dogs, Lost Hats, and Dating Don’ts, a collection of over a dozen hi-lo (high interest-low reading level) short stories for people with intellectual disabilities or other learning challenges.

Middle schoolers through adults will identify with the book’s true-to-life stories and their characters (some with developmental disabilities, some without), who want to live as independently as they can. And just like real life, there are episodes of hilarity, poignancy, messiness, responsibility, longing, fulfillment, and adventure. From roommate troubles to wanting a pet, and from seeking a girlfriend to going camping with friends, these appealing short stories engage readers and impart subtle life lessons. A set of questions at the end of each story encourages discussion and further self-reflection. Stories included are:

  • A Day of Kindness
  • A Very Lucky Dog
  • Adventures in Camping
  • Bad Hair Day
  • Dear Diary
  • Dirty Dishes
  • Doctor Visit
  • Evening Walks
  • How to Find a Girlfriend
  • Road Trip
  • Slugger
  • Sneezes
  • The Kissing Scene
  • Tornado at Big Burger

Written by experts in literacy and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities, stories range in reading grade level from 1.5 to 3.5 (Flesch Kincaid scale) and are illustrated with large format black and white photos. Large type, a sans serif font, ample margins, and space between paragraphs helps to provide a smooth reading experience. An Introduction provides important information about who can benefit from the book and how to use it.

If you’re a parent, educator, reading specialist, book club coordinator, librarian, or counselor don’t miss this unique book for your teen and adult readers with intellectual disabilities or other struggling readers!

Written by Thomas Fish, Ph.D. & Jillian Ober, M.A., CRC
Tom Fish Director of Social Work at the Ohio State University Nisonger Center on Disabilities where he directs programs focused on community inclusion, adult literacy, autism, and sibling support. He is a board member of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio and has three great adult children.

Jillian Ober manages and disseminates programs that emphasize community inclusion and lifelong learning for people with developmental disabilities. One such program is the Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC), which offers weekly opportunities for people with a wide range of abilities to read, learn, and socialize in community settings. Ms. Ober has been employed by the Ohio State University Nisonger Center since 2004.