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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rob Shindler  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Shindler is a Chicago native.

Biographical and Professional Information

Shindler is the founder of Abogados America, a small law firm in Chicago specializing in representing the Hispanic community. In his book, Hot Dogs & Hamburgers, Shindler chronicles his journey to help his son overcome a major reading deficiency through volunteering at Literacy Chicago. There, he learned firsthand how ridiculous the common misconceptions are about learning disabilities and adult illiteracy. The assortment of students he taught were ambitious people who were eloquent, driven, clever, and so funny they made him laugh out loud. Here, Rob shares his students' pain and humiliations, frustrations and hopes.Hot Dogs & Hamburgers demonstrates that literacy issues reside in all neighborhoods and that its victims are committed to finding dignity and life's possibilities through learning to read. Rob's hope is that his book will bring an awareness of adult low literacy and slow that judging process down.


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Titles At Your Library

Hot Dogs and Hamburgers: Unlocking Life's Potential by Inspiring Literacy at Any Age (Volume 1)
ISBN: 1938416090

River Grove Books. 2012

LEARNING TO READ BUILDS CONFIDENCE AND HOPE In this heartwarming story, author Rob Shindler tells how he offered his time, unflagging energy, and unconventional teaching techniques to help a boy with serious learning differences and adults suffering from low literacy levels. A father who wanted to help his son with his reading deficiencies, Rob discovered the way to that goal was through volunteering at the Literacy Center of Chicago. There, he learned firsthand how ridiculous the common misconceptions are about learning disabilities and adult illiteracy. The assortment of students he taught were ambitious people who were eloquent, driven, clever, and so funny they made him laugh out loud. Here, Rob shares his students’ pain and humiliations, frustrations and hopes. Hot Dogs & Hamburgers demonstrates that literacy issues reside in all neighborhoods and that its victims are committed to finding dignity and life’s possibilities through learning to read. Rob’s teaching experiences are so motivating and rewarding that once you’ve read his story, you’re likely to begin your own journey as a literacy tutor.


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