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Children's Fiction Neurodiversity

Lost Inside My Head

by (author) Vigg

translated by David Warriner

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Oct 2023
Neurodiversity, Emotions & Feelings, Imagination & Play
Recommended Age
6 to 8
Recommended Grade
1 to 3
Recommended Reading age
6 to 8
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
    List Price

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How is Vincent supposed to focus when there's so much going on at once?!

Vincent has a huge house in his head. It has an entrance, a living room, dark rooms, a light room, a space room and a control room. Vincent spends a lot of time in the control room trying to figure out how it all works, but with its thousands of flashing lights, buttons, levers and blinking screens, it can be total chaos—how is he supposed to know where to look?

At school, when he tries to recite a fable in front of his class, he blows it. Even though he knows it by heart, not a single syllable comes to mind. Vincent feels like a misfit when people tell him to just concentrate, and he often has trouble in school. He can't seem to think, but he also can't stop thinking. Sometimes he wants to escape his own head and just be like everyone else. But maybe Vincent doesn't have to be the same as everyone else after all. Maybe he just has to learn how to look, to find the light room and see things in his own way.

Inspired by the author's experience growing up with ADHD, Lost Inside My Head is a touching and illuminating story that brings the reader into the thoughts, struggles, joys and uniqueness of a young child with ADHD.

About the authors

Vigg is a self-taught author, illustrator and sculptor. Born in Ottawa, he grew up around the world in France, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Haiti and Switzerland. His award-winning work is published in major newspapers, such as the Washington Post and the New York Times. He has written over twenty children’s books, including the original French edition of Lost Inside My Head, the autobiographical Ma maison-tête (published by Fonfon). Recently he has developed a practice in sculpture to explore the third dimension of his graphic universe. He lives and works in the village of Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu in Québec.

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David Warriner grew up in the UK and escaped to Quebec right after graduating from Oxford. A professional translator for nearly two decades, David nurtures a healthy passion for Quebec fiction and has translated a range of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s fiction titles by Quebec authors for British and Canadian publishers. He lives in Penticton, British Columbia.

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Editorial Reviews

“Vincent accepts that he isn’t like others but has his own particular strengths and ways of navigating life, a reassuring message for anyone whose brain functions differently. A wild ride inside an imaginative but easily distracted brain.”

Kirkus Reviews

★“A celebration of hope, resilience, and the power of ­self-acceptance that will resonate with readers of all ages...A work that depicts ­vividly what the mind of a person with ADHD experiences…Highly recommended.”

School Library Journal, Starred review

“Vigg has created a parable about the first-hand experience of living with ADHD, making it an important resource for inclusive collections.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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