Roll with It

By: Jamie Sumner

Ellie’s a girl who tells it like it is. That surprises some people, who see a kid in a wheelchair and think she’s going to be all sunshine and cuddles. The thing is, Ellie has big dreams: She might be eating Stouffer’s for dinner, but one day she’s going to be a professional baker. If she’s not writing fan letters to her favorite celebrity chefs, she’s practicing recipes on her well-meaning, if overworked, mother.

But when Ellie and her mom move so they can help take care of her ailing grandpa, Ellie has to start all over again in a new town at a new school. Except she’s not just the new kid—she’s the new kid in the wheelchair who lives in the trailer park on the wrong side of town. It all feels like one challenge too many, until Ellie starts to make her first-ever friends. Now she just has to convince her mom that this town might just be the best thing that ever happened to them!

ISBN: 9781534442559

JLG Release: Dec 2019


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Disability, Language: Infrequent Use
Topics: Family life , Cerebral palsy , People with disabilities , Alzheimer’s disease , Moving households , Oklahoma , Baking , Contests , Friendship

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Kirkus Best Books - 2019

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In Sumner’s middle grade debut, 12-year-old Ellie dreams of being a famous baker/chef, instead of being known as the “kid with cerebral palsy in a wheelchair.” Ellie is obsessed with learning baking techniques with her overworked mother and writes letters to her favorite celebrity chefs about the recipes she has tried. Ellie’s world is turn In Sumner’s middle grade debut, 12-year-old Ellie dreams of being a famous baker/chef, instead of being known as the “kid with cerebral palsy in a wheelchair.” Ellie is obsessed with learning baking techniques with her overworked mother and writes letters to her favorite celebrity chefs about the recipes she has tried. Ellie’s world is turned upside down when she and her mother move to her grandmother’s trailer park residence in Oklahoma to assist with the care of her ailing grandfather, who suffers from the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Ellie rises to the challenge of being the new girl in school and makes new friends through her kindness, as well as her baking prowess. Ellie finds a way to conquer her doubts and prove to her mother that the move to Oklahoma was a good thing for both of them. Young readers will delve into Ellie’s relationships with her distant father and her mother, grandparents, friends, neighbors, teachers, and classmates. Sumner offers a heartfelt and humorous glimpse into the life of a girl with cerebral palsy who is determined to make her mark on a world that often perceives her as limited because of her disability. However, adults may want to discuss the ableist terms and sentiments Ellie expresses when describing herself, including the word “crippled” and feeling “stuck” in a wheelchair. Recommended for fans of tender realistic fiction including Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s The War That Saved My Life and Elana K. Arnold’s A Boy Called Bat. The challenges faced by youth like Ellie are underrepresented in children’s literature; highly recommended for middle grade collections.

Book Details

ISBN

9781534442559

First Release

December 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8" x 6"

Page Count

256

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.6; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 740L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Atheneum

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Disability, Language: Infrequent Use

Topics

Family life, Cerebral palsy, People with disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Moving households, Oklahoma, Baking, Contests, Friendship,

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Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

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