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By Guillaume Federighi, aka Hey Gee (in collaboration with C. Ano)

Age: 5-9 years old

Pagination: 40 pages

Size: 197 x 270 mm

Binding: Hardback

Langues: French, English

Publication: February 2021

ISBN: 978-2-490660-38-4 (Printed book_French version)/ 978-1-893005-77-8 (Printed book_English version anglaise)/ 978-2-490660-30-8 (ePub_French version)

English versions of this book may be ordered directly from the Mayo Clinic Foundation.

Tracy is autistic. She is 13 years old, and her life is a journey. A journey to grow, a journey to progress, a journey to be loved as she is, just like everyone else.

Children’s voices are rarely heard amid the complexity of modern medicine. That’s why every story in the My Life Beyond series stems from the imagination and experience of a Mayo Clinic patient. The books were developed through collaboration between these patients, Mayo Clinic physicians and author-illustrator Hey Gee. Through this unique lens of inspiring real-life experiences, the series explores how children view illness, challenges and recovery.

– Fredric Meyer, M.D., Consultant, Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; Executive Dean of Education Professor of Neurosurgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

– James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, President, Fondation Ipsen, Paris, France

Hey Gee is a French and American author and illustrator. He began his career in 1998 in Paris, France. He also spent a few decades exploring the world of street art and graffiti in different European capitals. After moving to New York in 2008, he worked with many companies and brands, developing a reputation in graphic design and illustration for his distinctive style of translating complex ideas into simple and timeless visual stories. He is also the owner and creative director of Hey Gee Studio, a full-service creative agency based in New York City.

C. Ano is autistic and was diagnosed when he was two years old. Following his diagnosis he and his mom spent their days playing and attending his early intervention sessions with different types of therapists, including an occupational therapist, a speech therapist and a floor time therapist. Being present and engaged with the care team was important to his mom to ensure that each member of the therapy team was the right fit for C. Ano, working toward goals that were supportive of his growth and not restrictive. C. Ano is 13 years old now. He loves drawing and being creative and has started his own comic book series. His favorite author/illustrators are Jeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey. He also enjoys creating original movies with his toys and has created a one-act play. C. Ano is a talented public speaker and aspires to be a movie director or an author/illustrator.  He lives in Minnesota with his parents, younger brother and two dogs.



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