Solo sailors dyslexia hell revealed
By Kathleen Donaghey From: The Sunday Mail (Qld) January 31, 2010
The 16-year-old was a preschooler when she was diagnosed with severe dyslexia – the lone child in the class unable to count to 10 or recite the alphabet. But after enduring the stigma of illiteracy, Jessica's fate changed at age 11 when mum Julie read her Lionheart, the story of Jesse Martin's solo world voyage.
"What people don't realise is that I was reading to her because she couldn't read."...
I was helping her access a world she couldn't reach. When she heard Jesse Martin's story and realised how human he was, Jessica went very quiet, you could see the cogs turning.
"She realised he was an ordinary person with vulnerabilities and humanness. And that's why he wrote the book: so people realised you don't have to be superhuman to go around the world."
Jesse Martin's book Lionheart is a an easy read and good value.