Roll with It
Ellie, a spirited 12-year-old girl with dreams of becoming a baker, doesn’t let her cerebral palsy and dependence on a wheelchair stop her. When Ellie and her mom move to take care of her grandfather who has Alzheimer’s, she must start over at a new school in a new town. Not daunted by the challenges, soon she has made new friends, overcome obstacles, feels she finally fits in, and must convince her mom to stay forever in Oklahoma. The story provides insight into how people with disabilities feel excluded and face many physical and social challenges. Suitable for a class read-aloud or literature circle to explore identity, belonging, resilience, overcoming adversity, ableism, equity, and inclusion.