Accidents Of Nature by Harriet Mcbryde Johnson

Accidents Of Nature

Written by Harriet Mcbryde Johnson

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Shortlisted for the Young Minds Award 2008.

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
Harriet McBryde Johnson has been a lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina, since 1985. Her solo practice emphasizes benefits and civil rights claims for poor and working people with disabilities. For more than twenty-five years, she has been active in the struggle for social justice, especially disability rights. She holds the world endurance record (fourteen years without interruption) for protesting the Jerry Lewis telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She served the City of Charleston Democratic Party for eleven years, first as secretary and then as chair. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and to the disability press.

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

3rd April 2008




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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