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Accidents Of Nature by Harriet Mcbryde Johnson

Accidents Of Nature

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A hard hitting but heartwarming story to change everyone's view of disability forever. Jean has cerebral palsy but her parents have always made her think that the goal was to be as 'normal' as normal as possible. Ten days at summer camp changes all that when Jean meets Sara and begins to think quite differently about being 'different'.


Accidents Of Nature by Harriet Mcbryde Johnson

Seventeen-year-old Jean has cerebral palsy and gets around in a wheelchair, but she's always believed she's just the same as everyone else. She arrives at Camp Courage and meets Sara. Sara has radical theories about how people fit into society. As Jean joins a community unlike any she has ever imagined, she comes to question her old beliefs.


an edgy and compelling narrative that will prompt readers to re-evaluate their own attitudes and assumptions. -- Kate Agnew * Guardian * It blew my mind! It's an extraordinary book - honest and tough, heartbreaking and cruel and it made me re-think so much. -- Wendy Cooling Whatever your situation, this subversive and mind-shattering novel will change your views forever. Endless food for thought. Every young person should read it. * Northern Echo * This book is smart and honest, funny and eye-opening. A must-read. -- Starred Review * School Library Journal * Wry, at times searing ... Readers will find this journey with Jean a rare privelege, as she rethinks her place in the world. -- Starred Review * Publishers Weekly *

About the Author

Harriet McBryde Johnson went to schools for children with disabilities until age thirteen and to a cross-disability summer camp until age seventeen. She kept in contact with some of her friends from those times throughout her life. Having continued her education in regular schools, she became a lawyer in 1985. Ms. Johnson wrote for the New York Times Magazine and was a frequent contributor to the disability press. She was also the author of a memoir, Too Late to Die Young. Harriet died in June 2008.

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3rd April 2008


Harriet Mcbryde Johnson

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Andersen Press Ltd


240 pages


NewGen - YA Fiction
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Social issues (Children's / Teenage)
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