Pretty much read this in about 24 hours. Fascinating account of a mother's struggle to educate her special needs son. Entering kindegarten, she has no idea that he will have any trouble with school. He is immediately placed in a special ed class. His struggles continue throughout elementary school. The book ends as he is starting middle school. His difficulties seem to stem from birth trauma, having his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck as he is born, and having difficulty breathing, low agar scores, etc. However, after dealing with asthma and needing some growth hormone, he does not seem to continue to have physical problems. He has learning, attention and some behavior problems.It's really interesting to see how he fluctuates between mainstream and special ed classes, all dependent on his teacher for the year. There's great support for his mother from the rest of her family (she is single and raising Blaze without support from his father). However, she is still exhausted by the process, understandably so. Seemingly a very honest and candid account. I'm simultaneously reading Episodes, My Life as I See It, just published in 2009 by Blaze. Raising Blaze was written by his mother a few years earlier.