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Wheels for Walking
ISBN: 9780888998668
Author: Richmond, Sandra
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Published: September 2009
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Annotation: Sally and Brian are in love. But at the end of a wonderful ski weekend together, a car accident leaves Sally fully paralyzed. This powerful book details Sally's struggles from her first moments of terror in the hospital through the months in traction. When her vertebrae have healed and she remains paralyzed, she must face the prospect of never recovering. Guilt-ridden at causing pain to her family and boyfriend, she enters rehab, navigating an emotional roller coaster ride and eventually hooking up with a dangerously angry fellow patient who introduces her to drugs and alcohol. After months in a hospital ward, she visits the beach with her therapist, and realizes that her life may not be over. First published to wide acclaim in 1987, this striking novel is based on the author's own experience of suffering a similar accident to Sally's at age 25. This edition includes a foreword by Sandra Richmond's sons, who plan to donate the profits to breast cancer research.
Additional Information
Physical Information: 168 pages
Bargain Category: High School, Social Issues
Grade level(s): 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1985 December)
Gr 7-12 A well-written first novel. Using personal experiences, Richmond tells the story of Sally Parker, who broke her neck in a car accident. From the terror of her first moments in the hospital, through months of discomfort in traction, Sal believes she will recover completely. When her vertabrae have healed and she is no better, she must face the life of a ``gimp.'' Guilt at the pain she has caused her family and boyfriend leads her to pull away from them and seek consolation from fellow-patient, Jake, who introduces her to drugs and alcohol, his way of coping. When her therapist takes her to the beach after months in a hospital ward, Sal realizes that there can still be joy in her life. As hate and anger diminish, she realizes that her life is not over and reaches out to those who love her. Although there is a ``happy ending,'' teens are not likely to find it unrealistic. They will be able to appreciate Sal's thoughts and feelings. Wheels for Walking is educational and informative, but it will more likely be remembered as an excellent portrait of a teenager who comes to grips with tragedy. Christine Denk, Aquinas Institute, Rochester, N.Y. Copyright 1985 Cahners Business Information.