Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
By Gregg Lewis and Deborah Shaw Lewis
Since your library is celebrating nonfiction during November, it is fitting to blog about a nonfiction book. Gifted Hands is the biography of Ben Carson. Carson tells of growing up in a single parent household where they were so poor that their mother had to take on a second job and they moved in with relatives. In addition to being poor, Carson also had to deal with racism and being the class “dummy.”
Although Carson has no control over his economic status as a child, and he can’t control racism, he discovers he does have control over his academic status. Once Carson begins to challenge himself academically, he finds success. However, the challenges still are present in his life, as the book traces Carson’s medical school struggles, his toughest neurosurgical cases, and his own health problems. This is an inspirational book of a man who has overcome the odds. In addition, it is an easy read.
I love working in the middle school library because each day I get to work with wonderful students. In addition, I have access to lots of interesting books. It is always fun to help students connect to books they like, and to talk about what they are reading.