Stories hard to forget...

                        Stories hard to forget


Chapter book, ages 7-14

 A preteen boy is disabled in a wheelchair. He tries to fit in with his foster
   family  and the neighborhood teens before he moves to upstate New York
   where he'll meet and live with his adoptive parents.

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   Before Buddy came to live with us, I vowed not to look at his wheelchair. I'd

   rehearsed greetings like, "Hey, I'm Marissa. What's up?" or "It's cool you'll be

   living with us for a while," or just plain, "Hi, Bud!" But at fourteen, I dreaded the

   idea of being saddled with a twelve-year-old kid who was a paraplegic. And I

   didn't relish wheeling Buddy down the street and bumping into Luis.

   I was at school when Buddy arrived. Walking home through busy streets, I

   imagined the elevator skipping the fifth floor where I lived. But soon I faced

   my apartment door, drew a deep breath and turned the key.

  "It's about time you got home," Buddy quipped. His wheelchair glistened in
   the overhead light of our small foyer.

  After days of practicing, I couldn't think of anything to say.

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