This book was just a joy to read! I loved it from the get-go. It was a surprise too. When I was in my local library a few weeks ago, I saw it on the new book shelf, and I decided to try it. I am SO pleased I did.
One morning in 2008, desperate, broke and living alone while trying unsuccessfully to write, Craig Davidson plucked a flyer out of his mailbox. It read, Bus Driver Wanted. This marked his first step towards an unlikely new career of driving a school bus for kids with special needs. It was surprising how he took to his new career, and how it seemed to be the best thing that ever happened to him.
The story is fortified with humour. He uses a creative approach to the challenge of driving an awkward vehicle while corralling a rowdy gang of schoolchildren. He is surprisingly empathic for these children. He shows his evolving relationship with each of the kids on that bus as they struggle physically as well as emotionally and socially.
He gradually reveals the much bigger world he begins to imagine might exist outside the bus–a world with unlimited potential for both himself and the kids he is in charge of.
This book is the story of the extraordinary record of that year and those relationships that he fostered and created. It is a moving, important, and universal story about how we see and treat people with special needs in our society.
I loved this eye-opening and penetratingly honest book. I look forward to reading other words by the same author in the future.