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Open-heart surgery, Friendship, Scars, imperfections, Empathy and kindness, Fear, Including others

The Zipper Club
by Mindy Atwood

It’s summertime, and everyone is having fun at the pool. Everyone except a young boy named Mike. He has undergone open-heart surgery and is nervous about showing his scar. Will the kids at the pool make fun of him? His friend Emma sees his worry and comes up with a plan to make him feel better. She enlists their pals to join in, and with the help of an artist who draws scars on their chests, they create the “Zipper Club.”

The Zipper Club is an inspiring story of friendship, empathy, and confidence told through rhyme. Join Mike as he learns that through acceptance and understanding, we can all empower others to feel self-confident.

Inspired by her son and nephew, both of whom have undergone open-heart surgery, and her son’s experience with accepting his scar, Mindy Atwood wrote The Zipper Club.

Mindy is the CEO and Founder of Patches of Light, a non-profit organization that assists with children who have been scarred by catastrophic injury or illness. She currently lives with her husband, Rod, her granddaughter, Alexis, and their dog, Finnegan. The Zipper Club is her first book.


Mindy Atwood
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