With 92 reviews on Amazon and an average rating of 4.7 stars this riveting story of a father’s love and dedication to his daughter and the overwhelming struggles that accompanied autism is a must read.
Paper in the Wind: Peeling back the lifespan of autism by Olivia Mason-Charles
Paper in the Wind is a compassionate and riveting story depicting a single father’s dedication to his daughter. In the midst of the overwhelming struggles that accompanied autism, he continues to persevere. Her father’s love enabled her to overcome insurmountable obstacles, discovered the power of love and embraced the gift of life.
What an all round delicate story! From Michael’s dedication to her daughter, Alexa, to Jonathan’s love for her, this is a feel good story! I started reading this story with my mind wide open to what I thought would be a sad story about autism, but ended reading a touching love story. Alexa lived with autism, but she did not let it stunt her life.
Michael McKenzie, Alexa’s father worked tirelessly and relentlessly to see that her daughter enjoyed a good quality of life, even as she struggled with autism. He was tireless in looking for remedies that would help her daughter. As he discovered new remedies, Alexa’s personality and sympathy for others not only grew, but made her a force, and a mentors for others like her.
Jonathan was her rock! Their love for one another is such that are only read about in fairy tales. It was the strength and power of this love that motivated Alexa to push forward without letting her shortcomings define her life.
This should be required reading beginning with anyone in education and continuing on to those who want to make the world a better place. Telling the story of a long fought battle, successfully won, covers the years of a single father fighting to protect his autistic daughter and yet enable her to achieve beyond the boundaries set by others in the educational environment.
It is a sad commentary that I was 40 before I was even exposed to any knowledge of autism. Thankfully the district I worked for, Mesquite ISD in Texas, required teachers get their Master’s degree if they wished to continue teaching there, and that was the beginning of my introduction to autism. There are more than one hero and heroine in this well told recount of the progress beyond the main character. It my delight to learn a bit more about some of the struggles faced by parents and children over 30 years later.