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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media Inc; Unabridged edition (7 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452604797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452604794
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,297,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Imagine invisible demons that attack your beautiful child. But this is no nightmare, and no supernatural fantasy. The demons are real, and they come from inside her own mind. The story of January Schofield, diagnosed at six with childhood schizophrenia. is told by her father, Michael, with a father's tenderness, a novelist's consciousness, and a knight's grace. We can hold our breath and pray, but not look away. This modern parable may be the most compelling book you will ever read."
--Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of "The Deep End of the Ocean
"
""January First" is a riveting and compelling-and also quite painful--story of a father's efforts to help his young daughter find a place for herself in this world in the face of a serious mental illness. Schofield gives a glimpse inside the mind of a child who lives much of her life in another world, interacting with "friends" who are only in her mind. Schofield takes us on his journey with Jani, starting with his thoughts that Jani is simply a misunderstood genius to recognition that something is really wrong, to the ultimate diagnosis of schizophrenia, a very serious mental illness, even more so when it manifests in a child. Schofield and his wife never give up. Their dedication and steadfastness are inspirational. Their story will be highly valued by the many families with a child with mental illness-indeed, by the many families who have any kind of struggle with their kids. The book ends on a hopeful note with Jani in a better place, yet we recognize that the battle is likely not over."
--Elyn Saks, MacArthur Grant Recipient and author of "The Center Cannot Hold
"
"In his memoirs 'January First, ' Michael Schofield chronicles his family's experience with [a] devastating mental illness, which usually presents itself at least a decade later."
"--Daily Mail" (UK)
"January's story is one of redemption, of resilience, of a family coming together in spite of all to rally for a difficult, specialf

"[Schofield's] memoir is a wrenching, heroic narrative about a dad descending into his daughter's world to pull her back, finally, into his own." --"People"
"January's story is one of redemption, of resilience, of a family coming together in spite of all to rally for a difficult, special girl."
"--New York Post
"
"In his memoirs "January First," Michael Schofield chronicles his family's experience with [a] devastating mental illness, which usually presents itself at least a decade later."
"--Daily Mail" (UK)
"Imagine invisible demons that attack your beautiful child. But this is no nightmare, and no supernatural fantasy. The demons are real, and they come from inside her own mind. The story of January Schofield, diagnosed at six with childhood schizophrenia. is told by her father, Michael, with a father's tenderness, a novelist's consciousness, and a knight's grace. We can hold our breath and pray, but not look away. This modern parable may be the most compelling book you will ever read."
--Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of "The Deep End of the Ocean
"
""January First" is a riveting and compelling-and also quite painful--story of a father's efforts to help his young daughter find a place for herself in this world in the face of a serious mental illness. Schofield gives a glimpse inside the mind of a child who lives much of her life in another world, interacting with "friends" who are only in her mind. Schofield takes us on his journey with Jani, starting with his thoughts that Jani is simply a misunderstood genius to recognition that something is really wrong, to the ultimate diagnosis of schizophrenia, a very serious mental illness, even more so when it manifests in a child. Schofield and his wife never give up. Their dedication and steadfastness are inspirational. Their story will be highly valued by the many families with a child with mental illness-indeed, by the many families who have any kind of struggle with their kids. The book ends on a hopeful note with Jani in a better place, yet we recognize that the battle is likely not over."
--Elyn Saks, MacArthur Grant Recipient and author of "The Center Cannot Hold
"
"An unflinching portrait of the scourge of mental illness." "--Kirkus Reviews"
"In this dramatic memoir, Schofield...explains the mental illness of his young daughter...offers valuable insight for others in similar situations, and ends on a hopeful note." "--Publishers Weekly
"

[Schofield s] memoir is a wrenching, heroic narrative about a dad descending into his daughter's world to pull her back, finally, into his own. "People"
"January s story is one of redemption, of resilience, of a family coming together in spite of all to rally for a difficult, special girl."
" New York Post
"
"In his memoirs "January First," Michael Schofield chronicles his family's experience with [a] devastating mental illness, which usually presents itself at least a decade later."
" Daily Mail" (UK)
Imagine invisible demons that attack your beautiful child. But this is no nightmare, and no supernatural fantasy. The demons are real, and they come from inside her own mind. The story of January Schofield, diagnosed at six with childhood schizophrenia. is told by her father, Michael, with a father's tenderness, a novelist's consciousness, and a knight's grace. We can hold our breath and pray, but not look away. This modern parable may be the most compelling book you will ever read.
Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of "The Deep End of the Ocean
"
"January First" is a riveting and compelling-and also quite painful--story of a father s efforts to help his young daughter find a place for herself in this world in the face of a serious mental illness. Schofield gives a glimpse inside the mind of a child who lives much of her life in another world, interacting with "friends" who are only in her mind. Schofield takes us on his journey with Jani, starting with his thoughts that Jani is simply a misunderstood genius to recognition that something is really wrong, to the ultimate diagnosis of schizophrenia, a very serious mental illness, even more so when it manifests in a child. Schofield and his wife never give up. Their dedication and steadfastness are inspirational. Their story will be highly valued by the many families with a child with mental illness-indeed, by the many families who have any kind of struggle with their kids. The book ends on a hopeful note with Jani in a better place, yet we recognize that the battle is likely not over.
Elyn Saks, MacArthur Grant Recipient and author of"The Center Cannot Hold
"
"An unflinching portrait of the scourge of mental illness." " Kirkus Reviews"
"In this dramatic memoir, Schofield...explains the mental illness of his young daughter...offers valuable insight for others in similar situations, and ends on a hopeful note." " Publishers Weekly
"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

MICHAEL SCHOFIELD has an MA in English and teaches writing courses online for California State University at Northridge. He and his wife, Susan, are co-founders of the Jani Foundation. Michael lives with his family in Valencia, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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This is one of the most moving books I have ever read. I cannot begin to imagine how much of a struggle and how heartbreaking it must be to have your beautiful child diagnosed with child-onset schizophrenia and having to cope with the hospitalizations, insurance companies, sometimes the isolation and ignorance from others and the day to day life that this family have had to go through, yet, they have adapted and coped very well and judging by the updates online, Jani and her family are now back living in the same apartment so that is wonderful progress indeed. I wish them the very best.
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Excellent book. I have been following Jani's story for a few years now and finally got to read this. As someone who has mental illness myself I feel the anger with the mental health system her father describes. It has also helped me see how others would see my behaviour and makes me understand they cannot see what I see. The parents make sure that Jani is protected and looked after. Well written and I read it in a day.
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The main thing to note about this book is that it's not January's story, it's Michael's. Michael's love for Janni is unconditional, and he is a fantastic father, but at times I feel this takes over the story too much. I feel for the mother, who Michael has written in such a way that I can't even see how they are still together after she's read it. He seems very controlling, right down to the way he tells his story.

I did actually really enjoy the book, in its extremely disturbing way. It reminds me a little of 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' at times, but the fact it is real life really is amazing. The pace is right, it's well written and wasy to read. I so wanted to give it more stars, because I know it's just Michael's love for Janni that makes his story the way it is, but it just frustrated me in the end.
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This is not a story about about a young child with schizophrenia because January Schofield is not schizophrenic.

It's really more of a story about two parents who have this quite disturbing need for their child to be labeled as 'schizophrenic' so that they don't have to take any responsibility for anything. It's about Michael Schofield and his own mental health issues. It's about Susan Schofield and her obsession with medication. It's about their mutual avoidance of actual parenting. It's interesting reading.

I am keenly awaiting the sequel. Michael's role as 'Saviour of the World's Youngest Schizophrenic' (except she's not schizophrenic) is at risk of redundancy with January safely medicated up to her eyeballs. Luckily, there's still Bodhi...
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I read an article in the paper about this family and had to buy the book. Whilst there is despair about the situation, it is the love that Michael and his wife have for their daughter, son and ultimately each other that shines through. He may not be perfect but he tries to give an honest account of what is happening and how he is feeling.
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Well written and easy to read. A very open and honest memoir about the struggles of having a child with extreme difficulties and working out the best way to help. Michael Schofield gives a very deep insight into his family and shows ultimately how they all manage to pull through. Anyone with any interest in child mental health should read this book.
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I treasured reading this book. It tells of a terrible struggle two parents have in bringing up a disabled daughter.

Although her illness is devastating; her dad shows a courage I've yet to see in anyone else.

Don't expect this to be a quick read. It's devastatingly honest, and full of emotion - even to the point where Michael takes an overdose. He is almost wiped out with despair at one point in the story. However, he manages to pull through. The huge decision to live in two separate apartments is further testimony as to how far these parents are prepared to go to try to manage an impossible situation.
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Written with sensitively and humility. I found the tragedy and heroics this family are faced with every day absolutely heartbreaking. I thank God for giving all four of the members in this family the strength needed just to open their eyes some mornings. I sincerely hope the unique lessons being offered, from the harrowing, but also beautiful experiences this incredible family are giving to the world of psychiatry are appreciated fully and given the respect so richly deserved.
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