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Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 126
Themes: Abilities & inclusivity, disability rights, cerebral palsy
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2012
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The true story of Emily Eaton. Born with severe cerebral palsy, Emily and her family had to fight for her right to go to school with non-disabled children in a regular classroom. Their fight, which began at a time when children with CP were segregated, was groundbreaking. Unwilling to take no for an answer, Emily's fight would take her all the way to the Supreme Court. Eventually victorious, Emily’s story makes her an amazing role model for children everywhere - whether they are living with a disability or not.

Etta Kaner, Good News Toronto
By using a combination of dialogue and narrative, author McDonnell reveals Emily’s personality, her family relationships, and her many accomplishments.
Canadian Children's Book News
This book is an enjoyable read as it stands. However in the hands of educators and caregivers, its value for children will be greatly enhanced through discussion of the various thought-provoking topics it engenders.
Canadian Teachers Magazine
This excellent biography exposes the reader to the world of living with disabilities and to the advantages of inclusive education for all children.
Chidren's Books Heal
Kathleen McDonnell has written an inspirational narrative about Emily’s remarkable journey to attend school with non-disabled children. What I found fascinating was that Emily’s teachers and students found how much they benefited from her participation in school.

Awards

Ontario Library Association Golden Oak Award  | 2014 | Short-listed
IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities Outstanding Book  | 2015 | Short-listed
Red Cedar Book Award  | 2013 | Short-listed
Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award  | 2013 | Short-listed

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