Gr 6-9-A collection of autobiographical sketches by teens living with the challenges of physical disabilities. Rheumatoid arthritis, muscular dystrophy, blindness, deafness, cerebral palsy, and paralysis resulting from a gunshot wound are all discussed. The narrators explain the source of their disabilities and describe coping skills. At the end of each section, Cheney provides answers to commonly asked questions. The selections have an interesting, lively tone. Black-and-white photographs of the young people illustrate the text. This book will be useful for self-help purposes, but does not contain enough information for reports.-Ann M. Burlingame, North Regional Library, Raleigh, NC
Attend to the title carefully: this book isn't about the diseases or accidents that disable teens; it's about teens themselves. Daily life is the central concern, and the young adults profiled express a wide range of typical teenage attitudes--from belligerence to cynicism to idealism. The narrators, each of whom is introduced by a photo and a thumbnail biography, aren't poster children. Each chapter concludes with a short question-and-answer section about the disability in focus. A gritty, tough collection of stories, the book will provide a strong complement to theoretical discussions of the regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.