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Young Adult

  • Where You See Yourself, Claire Forrest
    Scholastic Press, 9781338813838, April 18, 2023 (Young Adult)

    “Utterly engrossing through and through. A fun senior year novel told through the eyes of a spunky teenager fighting for disability rights. I was rooting for Effie to find her voice, to get the guy, and to go for the future that would make her happy.”

    - Earl Dizon, Green Bean Books, Portland, OR


    Where You See Yourself follows determined Minnesotan Effie, a wheelchair user, navigating her senior year of high school and college admissions. This is an eye-opening book featuring much-needed disability representation, and I loved the Midwestern nods — ‘save big money at Menards,’ anyone? Folks still trying to figure out ‘where they can see themselves’ as they venture out into the big world will absolutely relate to Effie; anyone unfamiliar with the concept of ‘spoons’ can absolutely take a lesson from Effie’s everyday challenges and struggles. SUCH a great perspective! 

    - Tory Hall, Chapters Books & Gifts, Seward, NE


    “Marginalized characters, such as someone in a wheelchair with a name many of her peers and teachers don’t bother trying to pronounce correctly, deserve storylines that represent hope and joy. This is one of those books that makes your heart swell and your eyes well up because its happy ending is genuine, believable, and too good to be true, yet as far from trite as possible. I love how this book makes the experiences of people in wheelchairs so available to a broad range of readers.”

    - Emily Autenrieth, A Seat at the Table Books, Elk Grove, CA



    “A foremost example of the importance of college-level YA stories! Effie begets readers to learn and grow. It is stories like this that will alter our restricted conventional views to become more inclusive and considerate.”

    - Kaliisha Cole, Whitelam Books, Reading, MA

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