Read itAug/Sept 2008 Issue

Living Without Books: Growing Up Gluten Free

“Why do I have to be different? It’s not fair!” Dealing with a child’s anguish over living life with a chronic illness can be a tough scenario to face. So let 10-year-old Cooper, the gluten-intolerant hero of Bagels, Buddy, and Me (Mustard Seed Press), help you. The book follows Cooper through his experience with celiac disease, including his struggles with ill health, doctor visits and a life-altering diagnosis. The discovery that he has to change his diet forever—but that he’s no longer feeling sick—leads Cooper to understanding and acceptance. It helps that Cooper’s good friend, his dog Buddy, is also gluten intolerant. Written and illustrated by Melanie Krumrey, Cooper’s real-life mom, Bagels, Buddy, and Me is a kid-friendly tale that gives youngsters the clear message that gluten-intolerant children are special—and definitely not alone. This is one story with a happy ending.

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