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  • Posted September 19, 2012

    Very good book! Think about your best friend. You probably did

    Very good book!

    Think about your best friend. You probably didn’t have a hard time meeting them or just being yourself around them. For most people, making friends is something they don’t think twice about, it just comes natural. But there are other people that making friends is quite difficult. Josie, the main character in the book, has cerebral palsy and struggles making friends. She is in a special education classroom and is very embarrassed about it. Josie’s mom keeps making a big deal about her having this disability. Josie just wants to live her life and not be reminded every second that she has something wrong with her. Jordan, Josie’s new neighbor has shown her that she can be herself and not be embarrassed about her disability. Josie gets really comfortable about being around Jordan. Unlike all of the other people in school that just looked, pointed and stared at Josie, Jordan flat out asked Josie if she had cerebral palsy. He was actually asking her questions about it and letting her express her feelings about her disability. Josie starts to struggle with things in her life with the three people that she feels most comfortable around, but she handles them fairly well. Through all of her struggles, her mother tells her that she believes in her. Josie said that it was like sun shinning on her face through all of her troubles she recently encountered.

    Cerebral Palsy is a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions, such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking. There are several types of cerebral palsy. Some causes may include bleeding in the brain, and brain injuries. Symptoms of Cerebral palsy include: loss of coordination, abnormal walk, muscle weakness, speech problems, hearing or vision problems, decreased intelligence or learning disabilities, along with several others.

    The book had a really good moral to the story and incorporated a real life disability to the reader. Even though this book was fiction, it still could have been a real life story and the author really expressed that well.

    As a prospective teacher, I think that this book would be very helpful in the classroom. If I knew that a student with a disability of some sort was going to be in my classroom, then I would try and use this book. Not only would this help the classmates of the student with the disability, but I think it would help the student with the disability as well. It would help the classmates understand the concept of a disability and make them aware of them. It would put the student with the disability at ease, knowing that the classmates understand more about disabilities and aren’t going to stare and gossip about them. That they know that just because a person has a disability doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings. This book would help show my students that just because someone has a disability, it shouldn't control their life and the way people treat them. You should treat someone as a person and not just see them as a person with a disability.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

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    Reviewd by Kylie for TeensReadToo.com

    Josie Wyatt is trying to live as normal a life as possible, but there's one thing that's stopping her--her cerebral palsy. <BR/><BR/>Josie lives in a small farmhouse with her mother and grandma that is surrounded by huge mansions. Josie's mother is always at work and whenever she's at home she's always busy. Her grandmother loves gardening and never keeps any comments to herself. At school, everyone knows that Josie attends special ed, but when a strange new boy, Jordan, moves into the neighborhood, he never thinks of her as different, just normal. <BR/><BR/>At the end of the school year, Josie and Jordan have become close friends, and all Josie wants to do is spend the whole summer with Jordan--but Jordan has another plan, which is to go to basketball camp. Josie can't imagine a summer without Jordan and she doesn't know how to cope when her grandma has a stoke. <BR/><BR/>REACHING FOR SUN by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer is a wonderful novel full of free-verse poems that tell the story of a pre-teen girl dealing with the fact that she has cerebral palsy. I definitely recommend this book for any girls who love to read, and I guarantee that you will love it just like I did.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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