That was really why I wanted to go to camp this year instead of sitting at home all summer with my parents. I desperately needed some new friends...
Brynn Evason is, in many ways, just like an ordinary seventeen-year-old girl-she cares too much about what other people think of her, she's embroiled in major friendship drama, and she can't wait to head off to summer camp.
But in Sara Pyszka's heartwarming coming-of-age drama, Dancing Daisies, readers learn that Brynn is different in one very important way. Brynn has cerebral palsy, which means she must use a power wheelchair and computer to communicate.
After her relationship with her two best friends is shattered, Brynn is looking forward more than ever to her summer at Camp Lakewood. She soon learns, however, that getting away from home doesn't spare her from all of life's dramas.
While some campers meet her with dismay, Brynn eventually meets friends who can see past her disabilities. One of those friends is Tommy, a boy for whom Brynn immediately falls head over heels.
But as Tommy and Brynn's friendship deepens, a misunderstanding puts the new couple in jeopardy. Can Brynn find a way to clear Tommy's name?
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About the Author
Sara Pyszka is an author and public speaker who has dedicated her life to raising awareness of cerebral palsy. Born without the ability to walk, talk, or use her hands, she wishes to share her experiences and raise awareness through her writing.
Pyszka graduated from Wright State University with a degree in rehabilitation services. She has attended Notes from the Heart music camp in Pennsylvania and written original songs with Lucas Richman, the head conductor for the Knoxville Symphony. Pyszka also became the first person to sing using an augmentative communication device at two Major League Baseball games.
Having written since she was a teenager, Pyszka recently published her first novel, Dancing Daisies.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a book is written from the perspective of a character not often seen (let alone given center stage) in YA lit - that of a high school student with a severe physical disability. The novel's narrator, Brynn, has cerebral palsy, a condition that requires her to use a wheelchair to get around and an electronic communication device to communicate, as well as help from aides, family and friends in order to do many of the everyday tasks that most people take for granted. Brynn's story really picks up once she gets to summer camp, a place outside of her comfort zone where she is challenged to be independent for the first time in her life, make friends with people who are not familiar with her disability, and learn how to be true to herself despite what anyone else may think about her. It's a unique spin on the young adult coming-of-age story because it provides such a fascinating look into the inner life of a teenager with a physical disability - a perspective that I've never before had the pleasure to read about, and one that I think has an important place in YA lit