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Roll with It Kindle Edition
About the Author
- ASIN : B07P5JK95D
- Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (1 October 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 2335 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 255 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,596 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I'm mostly disappointed that when I look through the reviews, nobody seems to notice the central flaw to the story--Ellie is a bold, articulate, sassy, interesting, socially competent kid... who's never had a friend before? That's not even a little bit realistic. Kids in wheelchairs have friends. Other kids are weirded out by the chair for like 10 seconds, and then they're over it and ready to play. We're supposed to believe that Ellie's gone to school with the same peers her entire life, and they never acclimated to the chair? There's nothing about Ellie's personality or mannerism that would scare off potential friends. The idea that a kid in a wheelchair would be a social pariah is a premise based on ableism. It makes me sad that everyone accepts it without question.
The author is a talented writer with an engaging voice and she creates fun characters. But the world needs disabled people telling disabled stories. We don't need more parents speaking on our behalf.
(Oh, and the part about "tribes" was super problematic. The correct use of the word was treated as a joke, while the racist use was normalized.... Maybe the author is a naive white woman who doesn't know any better, but that got past an entire publishing house??)
I also loved that there is a thread of leaning into what makes you unique: for Ellie, it’s her baking skills; for her friends, singing, knowing facts, and building. I like that kids this age can be told that what they love is important!
The only section that caused me pause and is worth noting is a scene where Ellie and her friend are talking and her friend mentions that they are a “tribe.” When Ellie says that she doesn’t understand - she thinks of the word tribe referring to Native American tribes - her friend corrects her, whitewashing the term and applying it to any group of friends. In the US, this is a big deal as Native Americans have been telling anyone who will listen that the broad use of the word is hurtful. Since this book featured an all-white cast and using the term that way goes un-challenged in the book, I thought it was worth mentioning. And when read by kids, discussed.
Ellie’s complex relationships with her family, her friends, and her own health provide the backdrop for a really great character arc.
As a Mom of a special needs kid, this book rocks! We need more books like this that show what our kids can do and that they are people just like us. I was impressed with how seamlessly she brought issues like the girl being afraid that one day she would be put in a home, and the way in which she handles it.
I love everything Jamie Sumner writes.