Generosity and Innovation
I was honoured by the trust Lucinda offered me as a reader, and then I was inspired by both her creative community networking and activism in the schools. This is a story about families finding each other and helping one another. This is a story about generosity and innovation. This is a story about a mother actually changing the system because her son deserved to be treated as a whole person. This is a story about a mother who has helped her son reach his “full potential”.(Read full review)
Dr. Karleen Pendleton Jiménez
Associate Professor,School of Education
Trent University, Peterborough ON
It has been a long time since I could not put a book down - your book is that book. It left me in tears about the celebration of life, the challenges families face, your strength to face obstacles and find meaning in them and your incredible strength in advocacy.
Your book touches on so many things our students learn in first year and it pulls it all together in a very powerful way. We will be ordering the book every semester starting in January. One of our goals in the students’ final semester, aside from their internship, is to bring all the information they learned together and your book does this so well. It covers so many content areas - Maps, paths, advocacy, counselling, behavioural challenges, coping methods etc.
You know your son is lucky, I do not have to tell you that. I do want to say simply, thank you.
Professor Developmental Services Worker Program
Fanshawe College London, ON
A compelling book
by Eva Marsh
Lucinda Hage explores the elusive connection between passionate emotions and action taken to help her son create a full life. Hage’s writing style gently carries the reader to unexpected places that, at times, left me gulping and short of breath. It shows us how we are all part of the village that raises children. This is a brilliant book with a message that must be heard."
Eva Marsh, author of Black Patent Shoes, Dancing with MS
A touching and inspiring story
By Kari Peacock
I have been recommending What Time is the 9:20 Bus? to my family and friends as a very joyful and touching story.
The author, Lucinda Hage, invites the reader into her and her son, Paul's life. She describes their journey towards Paul's independence despite his health challenges. As Paul finds his place in the world, the readers learn a lot about individual perseverance, as well as the power of a strong community.
Lucinda bravely reveals many struggles as well as triumphs so that others can learn from her experiences. Readers will be inspired by her boundless determination to see Paul live his life to the fullest.
As someone who works with children who have disabilities, I see how this book would be comforting not only to those whose lives are affected by disability, but also to anyone who wants to be inspired on how to overcome challenges and make the best of life.
Great read, good for study groups or book clubs!!
By Matthew H McMillan
It can be so easy to turn away from a challenge, whether it is at work, home or in our own inter-personal relationships. Lucinda shares a wonderful story about her son, reminding us of how it can take time for every child to find themselves and their path to a meaningful life. In "What Time is the 9:20 Bus?", we are given a glimpse into a true story of how a young man who is developmentally delayed is given the ability to break through the barriers society places around him, to become a full and contributing member of his community. You'll laugh, cry, and enjoy this insightful journey, as Paul find success and meaning in his personal choices for his life.
A must-read for building healthy communities
I had trouble putting this book down. It’s a joyful, well-written, genuine encounter with the author and her son, Paul: their lives, their struggles and personal growth. I met Paul when he was in his teens and it's mind-boggling and heart-wrenching to learn the full-detailed back story. Lucinda's faith, perseverance, courage and strength come to light as she shares what it took to pave the way for Paul to reach his full potential.
This book will be of value to any parent, anyone interested in social justice and inclusivity, anyone providing support to families and anyone interested in building healthy communities.
A Hero's Journey
By Joanna Taylor
Invaluable! A compelling story well told. There are many aspects of Paul's journey that make this memoir a terrific read. A significant one is Lucinda's unerring decision to reach out to trusted acquaintances/friends for their wise counsel and invite them to particpate in her son's life. This book is evidence we don't have to meet challenges alone. And the best part? Everyone wins!
A book worth reading
By Margaret-Ellen Disney
I sat down to leaf through this book and found it hard to put down. I finished reading in the wee hours of the morning. Thank you for writing Paul’s story and yours. It is powerful and also well written. I live in a world blissfully ignorant of the challenges you and Paul face; I am ashamed of that. It does underscore how ‘hidden’ those with disabilities are.
This is an amazing book which describes the joys and sorrows of raising a child with a disability
By Frances A. Flanagan
This is an amazing book which describes the joys and sorrows of raising a child with special needs. I laughed with the author and I cried with her. All that her son accomplished was a result of the author's determination. This book is a must read for any one working with children with special needs. It shows how difficult the transitions are from one service to another - transitions that are necessary as the child grows older. It also describes the challenges that parents with children with special needs must face.
by Linda Viscardis
"Because of this amazing book, I did absolutely nothing all day yesterday and late, late into the night! I simply could not put it down!! What a treasure this book is. I cried, I laughed, I pumped my fist. I felt your pain; I felt your joy. I felt myself following you along, cheering you and Paul (and Murray) on. What a fabulous, uplifting, inspiring read. Congratulations!"