Marvelous Mercer

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What a great story (except for the mom reading the girls diary – I wouldn’t think of reading my kids diary without permission – I don’t even go in their rooms without their permission! (ok – they are nearly 17 and 19 – but I haven’t gone into their rooms in 6 years or so unless they were there).

Anyway, this handicapped girl has an assist dog named Mercer and she writes stories about Mercer – doing the things she wishes she could do.

Long story short, FAO Schwartz bought the rights to the book(s) and the first one is available at the end of the month.

You can visit the Marvelous Mercer page here, find the “Walk for Shea” page here (caution in Mozilla browsers ALL of the text on this page flashes – fine in IE7 though).  You can also read the MSNBC/Today Show/iVillage article at the link below.

It’s nice to read something besides the war, the elections, the weather or the housing crisis!

Megan Megale always knew her 12-year-old daughter, Shea, was special and not just because Shea has a muscular disease that confines her to a wheelchair. But the Virginia mother of three learned just how special Shea was when she came across her daughters diary in a closet.

I was cleaning her room and I found her diary, and I read it, Megale told TODAY co-host Meredith Vieira during an interview Thursday.

Without her familys knowledge, Shea was writing about things she would like to do but cannot in stories featuring her dog Mercer, a black silk retriever mix specially trained by Canine Companions for Independence. Today, Marvelous Mercer, the first in a series of childrens books based on Sheas writings, is being released at FAO Schwarz.

A girl and her dog share fictional adventures – TODAY: People – MSNBC.com