Lisa and her friends have a big problem: bullies. Steven and Joe run the neighborhood, taking allowances and stealing snacks and pushing people around. After a run-in with the boys one day, Lisa’s wheelchair breaks, but her kind neighbor Mr. Gringle gives her a new one, painted colorfully and brimming with magic, he says. She doesn’t believe him at first, but Lisa soon realizes that with this magical chair, she has the power to stand up to the bullies that she didn’t before! As she watches her bravery and courage inspire other kids around her, Lisa will learn a very important lesson about inner strength and believing in your own abilities, and about the magic that lies inside all of us.
About the Author
Natalie Gonchar is the president of the junior board of a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children access free prostheses and medical treatments. An active advocate for disability representation, Natalie believes strongly in the importance of including diverse characters in media and has raised funds to aid in the production of the world’s first wheelchair designed to fit twelve-inch fashion dolls. For her efforts on behalf of others, Natalie has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Natalie is currently studying journalism and has contributed articles to local and international newspapers. She lives with her family in Dallas, Texas.
Eduard Kotz is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer, and animator. He lives in Magnitogorsk, Russia, with his wife and daughter.