The kid who's discouraged. The kid who must be pushed to participate. They're familiar to every teacher -- and they're dangerously at risk of missing out on literacy. But that doesn't have to be their fate. Drawing on their own wide experience of working with children at risk, Lee Dobson and Marietta Hurst show how teachers can build on these youngsters' strengths and, in so doing, foster literacy and help children to discover the true joy of learning.