Roll With It by Jamie Sumner is an honest take on what it is like growing up with a disability and dealing with everyday life situations. The book follows Ellie, a middle school-aged girl, born with cerebral palsy. She loves to cook and has dreams of becoming a professional baker. Ellie is faced with new challenges when she and her mom move to care for her grandfather who has Alzheimer's. Ellie is the “new girl who uses a wheelchair.”
“The story of an irrepressible girl with cerebral palsy whose life takes an unexpected turn when she moves to a new town.”
I was immediately intrigued by the concept of Roll With It because I was that middle school-aged girl who was born with cerebral palsy. In fact, I was once the “new girl in the wheelchair” when my family moved to a new town.
Roll With It brings awareness to all of the important topics of disability - friendships, family, education, advocacy and more. Other readers are saying Roll With It is a “refreshing” book with “much-needed representation!”
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This book is definitely worth the read for any age!
Check out our interview with the author Jamie Sumner here.