No Ordinary Boy


In honour of Owen’s 21st birthday (August 18, 2019), I have decided to make No Ordinary Boy available as a free, downloadable PDF. I intend to keep it free (as a PDF) for the foreseeable future. Please share as widely as you like. If you would like the book version, you are very welcome to purchase a copy!

Download the PDF here

“Twelve-year-old Owen Turney died on October 24th, 2010, of unknown causes. No Ordinary Boy is Jennifer Johannesen’s extraordinary story of her profoundly disabled son, his family, his caregivers and his doctors. It is a sharply evocative, sometimes humorous, never sentimental chronicle-not only of perpetual crisis management, crushing disappointments and dashed hopes, but also one of love, spiritual growth, self-understanding, acceptance and maturity.”

This book is recommended reading for parents, families and friends of people with disabilities of any age, and caregivers and advocates of other vulnerable populations.

No Ordinary Boy is also recommended for medical clinicians, teachers and students; healthcare workers and administrators; teachers and therapists of children and adults with disabilities; and professional advocates and caseworkers.

Finally, this book will be a welcome read for anyone interested in ethical issues in healthcare, and those who are interested in a compelling, true story.

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Canadian orders only:


  • Indigo Mount Sinai
  • Caversham
  • Parentbooks

“No Ordinary Boy is a must read for all health professionals. It reminds us why we do what we do—and inspires us to do better.”

Dr. Golda Milo-Manson, MD, FRCPC
Vice-President Medicine and Academic Affairs,Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto

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