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Air: A Novel



by
Monica Roe

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN
9780374388652
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language, Discrimination: Ableism
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Twelve-year-old Emmie is working to raise money for a tricked-out wheelchair to get serious about WCMX (wheelchair motocross), when a wipeout on a rickety ramp throws her plans into a tailspin. Instead of replacing the ramp, her school provides her with a kind but unwelcome aide—and, seeing a golden media opportunity, launches a public fundraiser for her. Emmie loves her close-knit rural town, but she can’t shake the feeling that her goals suddenly aren’t hers anymore. With the help of her best friends, Emmie makes a plan to get her dreams off the ground—and show her community what she wants, what she has to give, and how ready she is to do it on her own terms.

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POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language, Discrimination: Ableism

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

272

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.3: points 8

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2022

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

People with disabilities. Spine abnormalities. Wheelchair sports. Self-reliance. Fathers and daughters. Middle schools. Best friends. Motocross. Wheelchairs. Friendship. South Carolina.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-Seventh grader Emmie has a need for speed, and wishes for a more accessible way for her to fly through the air like her favorite wheelchair motocross heroes. Her father has been struggling to make ends meet ever since her mother passed away, so Emmie raises her own funds for an enhanced wheelchair through crafting embroidered bags. When a mishap with her wheelchair occurs, she's left with some scrapes, a new aide, and a fundraiser for a new wheelchair. Her goal is well within sight, but something just feels off to her, and Emmie has to find her voice among the well-meaning noise. This novel displays warmth and heart in addressing issues such as grief, friendship, poverty, advocating for yourself, and lack of accessibility. Emmie is a strong character who clearly voices her needs as a wheelchair user alongside her desire to not be defined by or discriminated against for her disability. The story also takes an interesting educational turn in defining 504s and IEPs, as well as the history of disability rights. The larger conversation about accessibility adds a valuable lesson to an engaging story with quick chapters. Roe comes from the background as a pediatric physical therapist and studies public health at the University of Alaska, focusing on disability-inclusive disaster preparedness. VERDICT A fast-paced realistic fiction title featuring a disabled protagonist; a worthy purchase for collections.-Molly Dettmann

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-Seventh grader Emmie has a need for speed, and wishes for a more accessible way for her to fly through the air like her favorite wheelchair motocross heroes. Her father has been struggling to make ends meet ever since her mother passed away, so Emmie raises her own funds for an enhanced wheelchair through crafting embroidered bags. When a mishap with her wheelchair occurs, she's left with some scrapes, a new aide, and a fundraiser for a new wheelchair. Her goal is well within sight, but something just feels off to her, and Emmie has to find her voice among the well-meaning noise. This novel displays warmth and heart in addressing issues such as grief, friendship, poverty, advocating for yourself, and lack of accessibility. Emmie is a strong character who clearly voices her needs as a wheelchair user alongside her desire to not be defined by or discriminated against for her disability. The story also takes an interesting educational turn in defining 504s and IEPs, as well as the history of disability rights. The larger conversation about accessibility adds a valuable lesson to an engaging story with quick chapters. Roe comes from the background as a pediatric physical therapist and studies public health at the University of Alaska, focusing on disability-inclusive disaster preparedness. VERDICT A fast-paced realistic fiction title featuring a disabled protagonist; a worthy purchase for collections.-Molly Dettmann

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