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Roll with It

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The story of an irrepressible girl with cerebral palsy whose life takes an unexpected turn when she moves to a new town.

Ellie’s a girl who tells it like it is. That surprises some people, who see a kid in a wheelchair and think she’s going to be all sunshine and cuddles. The thing is, Ellie has big dreams: She might be eating Stouffer’s for dinner, but one day she’s going
Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2019)
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Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lynne
*Review is of an advanced reader copy

In a word - terrific! This is the absolutely delightful tale of a twelve-year-old girl, wheelchair bound due to cerebral palsy, who refuses to play the victim. Ellie is spunky and determined, blessed with a wry sense of humor and grit. When she and her mother move to Oklahoma to assist with the care of her grandfather, she continues to roll along in spite of the "new girl" status and trailer park residence. Soon befriended by a couple of other outsiders, Elli
Abby Johnson
Ellie's voice grabbed me from the first page and just wouldn't let go. I honestly couldn't put this book down. This is a story with a lot of heart and humor and an absolutely unforgettable protagonist. Author Jamie Sumner has a son with CP, so she writes from a place of experience with CP and wheelchairs and the like. I don't have the knowledge to judge how accurate this story is to a disability experience, but coming from a writer who has a lot of experience with a close family member with a di ...more
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I picked up this book because my niece uses a wheelchair and I thought it was super cool that there was a young girl in a wheelchair on the front cover of this book. So I wanted to check out the rep and see if this was something that I could recommend to her. And honestly, I would.

It is a sweet book with a spunky main character. There are a lot of real issues in this book which is great and unexpected for a middle grade book. Ellie is an independent girl who is dealing with a lot, CP, moving, lo
Chris Baron
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve had the pleasure of reading an Advanced Reader Copy of ROLL WITH IT. I love this book. Ellie is an amazing character bound to her Wheel chair due to cerebral palsy—but this doesn’t stop her from dealing with all the issues of any 12 YO. She’s a character with heart, grit, a love of baking, and a great sense of humor. Ellie is full of life, and this is what I enjoyed most about the book. So many kids this age deal with “real” issues and in ROLL WITH IT we find delightful characters in a stor ...more
I had a lot of conflicted feelings when reading Roll With It, which is why it’s taken me a week to post this review. I’ll start with what I love: Ellie is a whole person. It seems like something that shouldn’t need to be said, but it does. Too many books featuring characters with disabilities use those characters as props to make friends & family feel good. Ellie is not one of those characters. She is her own person. She has her own dreams and desires. She makes mistakes. She and her friends ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I adore this book with the theme to me, all about family love and loyalty. I don’t have a handicapped child but I do have the privilege of working with special needs children in the public school system. This book has a special place in my heart.

This middle grade novel tells the story of a normal girl with cerebral palsy whose life takes an unexpected turn when she moves to a new town.

Ellie’s is a middle school girl who pulls no punches in her relationships. You will love Ellie and all the cha
*review of advanced reader's copy received at bookcon 2019*

I am so happy I got a copy of this book! I use a wheelchair, and I wish I had read something like this as a kid when I was dealing with some of the dance social issues that the main character Ellie deals with.

She is learning to find her voice and the nuance of how to most appropriately and effectively advocate for herself. She is balancing her dignity, independence, autonomy, and being aware of how it all affects her single mother.

Ellie is dealing with a lot but doesn't let that get her down. She has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. Her dad left because he couldn't deal with her medical issues. Her grandpa has Alzheimer's Disease and has been getting progressively worse. So she and her mom have moved to Oklahoma to live with grandma and grandpa and help out. Not only is she the new kid, but she is the new kid in the wheelchair who lives in a trailer park. She bonds with two other trailer park kids and has great frien ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review copy courtesy of Edelweiss.

Definitely adding to my purchasing list next year. Ellie was a fun protagonist to read about who definitely balanced the highs and lows of her particular differently abledness, and the book begins as she and her mom have moved into her grandmother’s trailer to help with her ailing grandfather. There’s a lot of culture shock and problems for Ellie as she struggles to try and fit in at a new school but the humor keeps the book going.
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 huge stars!!!! I LOVED everything about this book and plan to use it as a read aloud in my classroom along with recommending it to students to read.

Lily- excuse me, Ellie- has always been different. Largely due to the fact that she needs to use a wheelchair in order to get around, thanks to having cerebral palsy (CP). What doesn't make her different is she too has dreams and ambitions along with a family that she loves, yet drives her crazy at the same time.

Despite being in a wheelchair, Ell
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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So much to love with this title and so much going on. Cerebral palsy of main character, memory loss of grandpa, moving into grandma’s (just to help out) without easy access for wheelchair and on top of it all, just trying to be a normal tween.

Highly, highly recommended.
Jun 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
I received an electronic ARC from Simon and Schuster Publishers through NetGalley.
Review coming a month before publication.
Andrea Arango
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. Representation MATTERS and it was so refreshing to read a middle-grade book where the focus of the story wasn't a kid coming to terms with their disability, but a kid dealing with regular every day stuff (grandparents with dementia, moving to a new school, making friends, cultivating hobbies) while ALSO living with CP. Ellie's voice captivated me from the very first line and kept me rooting for her the entire story. I will absolutely be checking out this author's futur ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full review to come in September. For now, a perfect middle grade book to add to your collections.
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I had the pleasure of reading an ARC copy of this book, given to me at a conference by the publisher. If you are looking for a character who takes on real-life issues with wry humor, ROLL WITH IT won't disappoint! Ellie is tired of being hovered over. Yes, she has Cerebral Palsy and used to have seizures, but now she's in school and rolling forward. If only Grandpa weren't forgetting things more often and giving Mema fits. Soon Ellie finds herself moving out to Oklahoma where she and her mom can ...more
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Jamie Sumner is the author of the forthcoming middle-grade novel, Roll with It. Her second and third middle-grade novels with Atheneum Books for Young Readers will be coming out in 2020 and 2021. She is also the author of the nonfiction book on motherhood, Unbound, and the forthcoming book, Keep On, Superhero, for parents of children with special needs.

She’s written for the New York Times and the
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