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ABOUT THE BOOK AND ITS CHARACTERS:
Andy could have been any one of us. He has low self esteem, no friends, no direction to his life and to make matters worse, is also regularly bullied. Life changes when he meets Mrs. A, an elderly mentor who with patience, kindness and astuteness turns Andy’s life around. Even though I wrote the book and of course know how the story unfolds, I love rereading it because I LOVE seeing how unbelievably kind Andy is, how he tries hard to do the right thing, no matter how difficult! I love seeing the way Andy educates himself about an infection, learning key points about prevention as well.
According to one reviewer: “I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in a single sitting from cover to cover. This story raises awareness to health care, without lecturing the reader. I really felt that as the protagonist learns in the story, so does the reader without feeling the usual stresses of a lecture hall. I think that sentiment is truly a testament to how well the book connects to our real, everyday lives. It lends itself to opening up many possible discussions with children if it was read in a classroom, so I would definitely recommend it to teachers of all grade-levels to incorporate into their curriculums. Whether you are a child or an adult, everyone can appreciate the central theme of utilizing knowledge as power to help others. While this book teaches children the value of knowledge to develop their willingness to learn, it also teaches adults to prioritize reaching out to children as mentors and to foster a sense of safety and support for the many challenges children face–with many parallels between to keep the reader thinking critically. One parallel that really touched me was on Mrs. A’s childhood under India’s caste system and the classism that lingers today in many schools with regards to bullying, and that reveals aspects of human nature society struggles to change to this day. By exposing children to stories such as this, a new generation of kind and innovative thinkers are sure to come along. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to the scientist in us all!”
At my last book discussion at a middle school, all the middle schoolers wanted to know more about Andy. They wanted to know about Elizabeth and whether there would be a love interest between Andy and Elizabeth. I myself am deeply curious about Wayne too, the kid with the bullying personality in the book.
I invite you to join me on this journey with Andy, Elizabeth, Rohan, Wayne and of course Plato, the Golden Retriever. I would love to hear from you. Please take a moment of your time to leave reviews on goodreads.com (to do this, you have to login with an email ID and password) and on Amazon (to do this, you have to log on to the website as reviews posted directly from Kindle have not been showing up).
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About the Author:
Bindu Mayi has a doctorate in Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, a post doctorate in Infectious Diseases as well as research experience in cancer therapeutics using nanotechnology. She currently teaches Microbiology to professional students at a University in South Florida. She is also a Board member and volunteer for Share-A-Pet, a 501c3 non profit organization that provides free pet-assisted therapy to individuals in hospitals, nursing homes and children’s centers. Plato, who is the Golden Retriever in the book, is the namesake for and modeled after a Share-A-Pet therapy dog. He was one of the sweetest, most well behaved dogs the author had ever had the pleasure to meet.
Bindu Mayi is passionate about education and public health issues. In Mrs. A, she has combined her love for children and her desire to mentor them with her passion for prevention of infectious diseases.
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