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It can be difficult to see the positive side of having severe food allergies. But there's a silver lining to every cloud, and that's what author Ginny Heenan sets out to prove in her new children's book "Avril knows." Based on a true story, Avril, a young girl with a nut allergy, learns that her heightened observational powers as a result of the need to know the ingredients in every food she eats, allow her to be helpful to people in her everyday life who might not notice details as closely as she does. Avril realizes that she is indeed special -- and not just in a bad way.

The picture book sells for $12.99 on Amazon.

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