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Accidents of Nature

ISBN-10: 0805076344

ISBN-13: 9780805076349

Edition: 2005 (Revised)

Authors: Harriet McBryde Johnson

List price: $19.99
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"I'm in the middle of a full-blown spaz-attack, and I don't care. I don't care at all. At home I always try to act normal, and spaz-attacks definitely aren't normal. Here, people understand. They know a spaz-attack signals that I'm excited. They're excited too, so they squeal with me; some even spaz on purpose, if you can call that spazzing . . . "An unforgettable coming-of-age novel about what it's like to live with a physical disability It's the summer of 1970. Seventeen-year-old Jean has cerebral palsy, but she's always believed she's just the same as everyone else. She's never really known another disabled person before she arrives at Camp Courage. As Jean joins a community unlike any she has ever imagined, she comes to question her old beliefs and look at the world in a new light. The camp session is only ten days long, but that may be all it takes to change a life forever. Henry Holt published Harriet McBryde Johnson's adult memoir, "Too Late to Die Young," in April 2005. Ms. Johnson has been featured in The New York Times Magazine and has been an activist for disability rights for many years.
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 5/2/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

John Smelcer has a doctorate in contemporary literature, and has won the prestigious James Jones First Novel prize for The Trap, which has been published in the USA by Henry Holt. He has a unique perspective on the Native American point of view, as he is himself an Ahtna Athabaskan Indian. He is a highly respected poet, and has had more than twenty books published, although until now they have been non-fiction. Many have been on Native American myth.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.