Sunday, January 16, 2011

Second Chance by Sandra J. Gerencher

Second Chance by Sandra J. Gerencher is an emotional and inspirational look at those special people that are one step up, with the need and ability to fulfill the destiny of those that are left behind, for whatever reason. The book itself is told from the viewpoint of the young puppy that has been adopted from the shelter. It is rich in prose, and longing from both the human side to that of the animals that are also without home or care. While the book is about adoption and its saving grace, it is also about Autism and how love and grace can help a child to understand the processes. To me it also brought to light the special people in the world, those willing to find and nurture those that have been lost along the way.

I have to believe that there is a special light shown on them, not just the lost and innocent, but those that find and nurture them. It is a special characteristic unique to some, but not to all, and it is always an amazing honor to meet and know them. There is a love that wells, a bottomless source that can be drawn on, lost to many of us who can only look on in awe.

This book is fun and uniquely suited to the story it tells, Sandra J Gerencher has written a wonderful story with humor and wit. The pictures are wonderful, and the story is written to read to those special ones that we are graced with. It is enjoyable and thought provoking, but it shines in its simplicity.

About the author

A believer in second chances
Over the past 10 years, author Sandra Gerencher has been on a mission to save dogs from high kill animal shelters. Her first rescue was P.J., a black and white Pomeranian. She also adopted Shelby, an orange Pomeranian and of course, Chance, a big black Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix.

All characters in the story are based on Sandra's real life family. The book is filled with softly blended watercolor photos of her loved ones.

The most significant adoption was her son, Terry. He was considered a special needs child because he was born with a genetic disorder known as Fragile X Syndrome. The disorder can cause many cognitive disorders, such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mental retardation and depression.

$12.95, Children

A portion of your book purchase benefits the Humane Society.

PBS Kids Recommended title

Book web site:
Sandra J. Gerencher Facebook:

Tribute Books website:

Tribute Books Facebook:

Tribute Books Twitter:

Sandra J. Gerencher Bio:

Sandra J. Gerencher is a special education teacher in the Bangor Area public school system. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked at Lehigh University in a school-based program, as a Program Specialist for adults with disabilities. Over the past 20 years she has worked with children and adults with special needs in such areas as counseling, Behavior Specialist Consultation, behavioral research, crisis intervention and abuse therapy. Sandra graduated from Lehigh University with a M.Ed. in Special Education (2004) and from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia with an M.S. in Counseling Psychology (1999).

YouTube video book trailer embed html code:

Buy links

Enhanced by Zemanta

1 comment:

Tribute Books said...

Leslie - what an absolutely beautiful review.

I loved how you said, "I have to believe that there is a special light shown on them, not just the lost and innocent, but those that find and nurture them."

What a loving way to express the meaning behind the pages of SECOND CHANCE.

I agree with you - I stand in awe of people like Sandra and her son.

Thank you for sharing this book with the readers of Tic Toc especially parents and young readers searching for children's books that deal with social issues.

Best wishes,
Tribute Books