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Small Steps by Peg Kehret
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Oct 05, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, parent-child, girl-power

This memoir makes the very scary experience of a twelve-year-old polio patient immediate and real. Kehret describes her terror as the paralysis spreads and diagnosis follows diagnosis. Having to be left alone in the hospital, with only weekly visits from her parents, forced her to depend on her fellow young patients, some of whom had been abandoned completely by parents unable to cope. Nevertheless, Kehret includes light moments, too--popping wheelies in her wheelchair, singing at night after lights-out. Would give readers a lot to think about.

You could pair it with one of her novels, which all seem to involve a young person confronting disaster or adversity. Interesting.

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