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Braced Paperback – July 31, 2018
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Rachel Brooks is excited for the new school year. She's finally earned a place as a forward on her soccer team. Her best friends make everything fun. And she really likes Tate, and she's pretty sure he likes her back. After one last appointment with her scoliosis doctor, this will be her best year yet.
Then the doctor breaks some awful news: The sideways curve in Rachel's spine has gotten worse, and she needs to wear a back brace twenty-three hours a day. The brace wraps her in hard plastic from shoulder blades to hips. It changes how her clothes fit, how she kicks a ball, and how everyone sees her -- even her friends and Tate. But as Rachel confronts all the challenges the brace presents, the biggest change of all may be in how she sees herself.
Written by a debut author who wore a brace of her own, Braced is the inspiring story of a girl learning to manage the many curves life throws her way.
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A year or so later, I was teaching in my own classroom and had a student who literally could have BEEN the main character in this book. She had the same condition, same concerns, and even played soccer! She was having a rough time, and she came to me for help dealing it. I bought her a copy of the book after a long conversation with her, and she absolutely loved it. She felt so much better knowing that she wasn't alone in what she was going through, and she proudly wore her brace to school after she got it. She even came to show it off to me the first day.
I honestly can't say enough good things about this book.
Braced is an important, realistic story of a girl dealing with scoliosis in middle school. With an immersive, charged plot, this story touches multiple themes from scoliosis, to soccer, family, the death of a parent, and even the emotions of welcoming a new sibling.
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As someone who suffers with scoliosis this book does a really good job of tackling the struggles and emotions of dealing with this horrible condition and it also shows people who have been recently diagnosed just how much they can accomplish despite having scoliosis or a back brace.
Really amazing and would definitely recommend.