Background Noise: A Novel about Twice-Exceptionality

Jeremy knows he isn't like other 12-year-old boys, but he doesn't know why. Even his parents don't understand him. Failing at making friends. Failing at school. Failing at doing anything normal twelve-year-old boys do. His biggest failure of all? Jeremy accidently starts a fire that destroys his house. His dad is so disappointed in Jeremy that he leaves. For good.

Once, the only place he felt at peace is on the rooftop of his home where the world makes sense and calms the noise in his jumbled brain. Now, even that's gone.

Being different from other kids is one thing. But learning differently is another. After his latest crash and burn, Jeremy is off to another new school, dragging along the same old problems. He doesn't listen, doesn't pay attention, doesn't care. At least, that's what everyone says. Every new thing in Jeremy's life just makes him feel worse. A new home that's nothing like the other one. A new school that means all new opportunities to mess things up.

But this school is different. The classes, the teachers, even the kids are different. It isn't long before Jeremy has friends who don't think he's weird. Friends who are different, just like he is. Except for one: Bree, the smartest girl he's ever met and the meanest. She's also the best Parkour athlete in the school until Jeremy comes along and discovers he just might have finally found the one thing he is really, really good at.

Just as Jeremy begins to learn that Parkour may be a new way to manage his life, Bree sets in motion a plan that's sure to knock him down for good. Thanks to Bree, Jeremy is right back where he started. A failure.

Or is he?


BACKGROUND NOISE  is a story of learning, discovery and friendship among twice-exceptional children struggling to find their place in the world.

Although they have extraordinary capabilities, they frequently struggle with school and learning. They circle down a funnel of failure because they are misidentified and misunderstood in a world that doesn't think the way they think and doesn't teach the way they learn.

Set in a 2E school that teaches to their strengths, Jeremy and his new classmates find ways, through Parkour, to manage their twice-exceptionality and use their gifts to change their lives and those of others.


Recommended readers include age levels 8 and up as well as parents and educators seeking to understand how 2E learners thrive in an environment that teaches to their strengths. No profanity or violence, except for one scuffle between two characters. Main characters are age 12. Strong themes of family, friendship, perseverance, generosity, kindness and learning. Parkour is a catalyst for change and learning.


If you would like to screen content for your sensitive reader, read a few chapters. The following subjects are dealt with and resolved:
• House fire
• Divorce/Separation
• Bullying


Susan Larsen Krause, a writer since she could hold a crayon, is a lifelong fan of children's literature. You'll most likely find her haunting eclectic and independent bookstores After a 25  year career in marketing, she now works in the film industry and writes novels for youth. She blogs about the experience of raising gifted and learning-disabled kids. She lives with her family in Arizona. BACKGROUND NOISE is her first novel.