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Reviews by Tag: disabilities

Teen Review
Wendelin Van Draanen
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, May 16, 2016

When Jessica loses her leg in a car accident, she thinks her life is over, she is told she will never be able to run again. As she struggles to cope with crutches and a new prosthetic, she befriends a girl with cerebral palsy named Rosa. With the support of her friends and family, she may be able to find a way to run again. But now, not only does she want to cross finish lines herself, she wants to take Rosa with her.

For me, what makes this book amazing is how real the story was told. This story is an emotional one and actually Wendelin van Draanen can easily exploit the story to...

Staff Review
A young East Indian woman in classical dress viewed from above
Padma Venkatraman
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Mar 5, 2015

Veda lives in India and is a classical (Bharatanatyam) dancer. She lives and breathes dance, has for as long as she can remember. She plans to make dancing her career, despite her mother continually pushing her toward engineering. She is amazingly talented and has just won first place in a major competition. After the competition, the bus taking the competitors back home crashes. She wakes in the hospital with her right leg missing below the knee. Talk about a strong female protagonist! This girl simply will not give up!