disabilities

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 make us

A Time to Dance

By Padma Venkatraman
4
Rated by Peggy H.
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! She is determined to dance again with her artificial leg, even when her

Me Before You

By Jojo Moyes
4
Rated by Lisa J.
Nov 19, 2013

What makes life worth living?  Will Traynor is struggling with this very question since an accident left him paralyzed from the shoulders down and often in excruciating pain.  Confined to a wheelchair and dependent on others to assist with even the most basic tasks of daily life, Will isn't sure life is worth living.  Then his mother hires Louisa (Lou) Clark as his daytime assistant/caregiver.  Two very different personalities, Will and Lou get off to a rocky and stilted start.


As they spend more and more time together Will realizes that Lou has very little experience outside of her small

Nov 18, 2012

Mental institutions were exposed for the unspeakable places they were in the 1970’s.  The exposure led to the closing of most of these human warehouses and the development of education and community services for families and individuals with disabilities.  Laws regarding guardianship and the basic rights of people with disabilities have also seen significant reform since that time.  But in the 1950’s individuals could be locked away for the rest of their lives simply because they were not wanted or because families or society did not know what else to do with them.  This is the touching story

Feb 17, 2010

Truesight by David StahlerIn Truesight, by David Stahler, blindness is considered to be the path to “true sight”, a pure way of life. What started as a small community of blind people grew to a large community of people genetically manipulated to be born blind. Eventually this community founded several colonies on other planets. People who can see, “seers” are considered abominations. Truesight is the first book in a trilogy about a young teen on one of these colonies who seems to be developing sight. The book is fairly fast paced; you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. The story itself brings into