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Posted October 9, 2013
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
In One More Mountain, editor Janet Buckwalter has offered the reader multiple stories about handicapped individuals who have simply refused to lie down and ignore the challenges life has to offer. The reader will meet a brain-damaged young man whose father pushes and pedals him up and down a mountain. You will meet a team of paralyzed men who race as if there were no handicap to be recognized. When you meet skateboarders trekking across America's highways, you'll be amazed by the organization and resilience it takes just to get on the road each and every day. Although running is a recognized manner of raising awareness, the manner in which it is accomplished will have heads shaking. In order to discover America, editor Buckwalter decides to bicycle across the country in three consecutive summers.
Readers will be awestruck by the planning and organization of the individuals who dared to defy the odds of endurance and weather conditions. Their motivation and stamina is probably unmatched but their will to complete their individual journeys is a given. I most appreciated the stories written in the first person as they gave the reader an inkling of thoughts and emotions, apart from the logistics of the journeys themselves. It is evident that most of the Road Warriors are not professional writers. But, I don't believe this detracted from the impact of the challenges they faced nor the courage they demonstrated in undertaking their various journeys. Although being handicapped was an inspirational twist to the stories, the non-handicapped were equally compelling in their motivation to raise awareness of handicapped individuals.