Roll with It

Jamie Sumner

Roll with It
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Roll with It

Jamie Sumner

In the tradition of Wonder and Out of My Mind, this big-hearted middle grade debut tells the story of an irrepressible girl with cerebral palsy whose life takes an unexpected turn when she moves to a new town.

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!


Ellie isn’t exactly looking forward to starting at a new school in a new town. Despite her doctors confirming that her brain scans reveal ‘no abnormal activity’ (yay! no more seizures!), Ellie’s mum is still insisting Ellie will need an aide. It’s like Ellie says: you can work so hard to overcome all the challenges cerebral palsy throws at you, but one mention of ‘your history’ and you’re back to square one. Happily though, Ellie’s new school isn’t able to immediately provide an aide, so Ellie not only gets a chance to prove herself but she also makes friends for the very first time!

I really enjoyed this educating and funny book. Ellie’s blunt responses to people’s reactions to her will not only make you laugh but they also form a handy mental ‘To NOT Do’ list! An easy to read and lighthearted story, Roll With It is perfect for fans of Wonder aged 8+.

Dani Solomon is the assistant manager at Readings Kids.

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