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Air

Air

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An action-packed, empowering middle grade novel about a girl who has to speak up when her wheelchair motocross dreams get turned upside down.

Twelve-year-old Emmie is working to raise money for a tricked-out wheelchair to get serious about WCMX, when a mishap on a poorly designed ramp at school throws her plans into a tailspin. Instead of replacing the ramp, her school provides her with a kind but unwelcome aide--and, seeing a golden media opportunity, launches a public fundraiser for her new wheels. Emmie loves her close-knit rural town, but she can't shake the feeling that her goals--and her choices--suddenly aren't hers anymore. With the help of her best friends, Emmie makes a plan to get her dreams off the ground--and show her community what she wants, what she has to give, and how ready she is to do it on her own terms.

Air is a smart, energetic middle grade debut from Monica Roe about thinking big, working hard, and taking flight.

Author: Monica Roe
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Published: 03/15/2022
Pages: 272
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.70w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9780374388652
Audience: Ages 9-12

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 01/15/2022

About the Author
Monica Roe is the author of Thaw, a Cybils Young Adult Fiction Finalist, and the short story "The Unhealthy Breakfast Club" in the anthology Rural Voices. She is a pediatric physical therapy provider for several remote Alaskan communities and a researcher/advocate for the social model of disability and inclusive rural health. Monica studies public health at the University of Alaska, focusing on disability-inclusive disaster preparedness. She and her family divide their time between Alaska and their apiary in rural South Carolina. For more about Monica's research, Alaska, beekeeping, or other published works, pay her a visit at monicaroerambles.com.

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