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With a focus on rare diseases, inclusion and disability, BookLab publishes scientific books for the public. Our publications are developed in collaboration with scientists, artists and writers. Available in several languages, many of our publications are distributed for free in numerous countries. For more information, download our catalogue.


By Guillaume Federighi, aka Hey Gee (in collaboration with Ralph M.)

Age: 5-9 years old

Pagination: 40 pages

Size: 197 x 270 mm

Binding: Hardback

Langues: French, English

Publication: Octobre 2021

ISBN: 978-2-490660-36-0 (Printed book_French version)/ 978-1-893005-76-1 (Printed book_English version anglaise)/ 978-2-490660-28-5 (ePub_French version)

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

Alex starts a new school, and his classmates are not the most welcoming. Fighting against bullying, he reaches out to an adult and finds a way to regain his self-confidence.

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.

Ralph M. is from Rochester, Minnesota. While he remembers the anxiety he felt when he was bullied in middle school, addressing the problem helped him to be a successful student. He went on to Yale University and Emory University School of Medicine and is pursuing a career as an eye surgeon. In his spare time, Ralph M. still loves to watercolor paint, hike with his dog, and hang out with friends, and he also enjoys cooking. Alex’s watercolor shown on page 30 is one of Ralph M.’s original paintings.


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