Unstoppable: Women with Disabilities

Second Story. Sept. 2021. 24p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781772602098.
Gr 4-7–Wolfe, who has a physical disability herself, highlights the lives of 10 women with disabilities. They are a refreshingly diverse bunch; Wolfe has carefully selected women who have a range of disabilities, are employed in a variety of careers, and hail from all around the globe. Included, for example, is Greta Thunberg, a young Swedish climate change activist with autism. Haben Girma, an American whose parents emigrated from Eritrea, is blind and Deaf and in her work as a lawyer advocates for the rights of people with disabilities. Zhang Haidi is Chinese and lost the use of her legs as a child; she will be the head organizer of the Chinese Paralympians in 2022. A spread is devoted to each woman. The left side has a large colorful illustrated image of the subject, while the right side contains a page of text with biographical information that includes the subject’s disability and recounts their significant accomplishments. Entries include a direct quote that encapsulates some of the principles guiding the work of the individual.
VERDICT This collection of biographies is a great window into the lives of 10 contemporary and accomplished women with disabilities. Recommended for middle school readers.

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