Roll with It
Ellie is dealing with a lot but doesn't let that get her down. She has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. Her dad left because he couldn't deal with her medical issues. Her grandpa has Alzheimer's Disease and has been getting progressively worse. So she and her mom have moved to Oklahoma to live with grandma and grandpa and help out. Not only is she the new kid, but she is the new kid in the wheelchair who lives in a trailer park. She bonds with two other trailer park kids and has great friends for the first time.
This was a great story about a character with a disability who was more than her disability. Ellie is spunky and smart and obsessed with baking. I loved the letters she writes to her favorite chefs about the recipes she tries. I thought her situation was portrayed very realistically as was her grandpa's. I appreciate that there are more books about kids dealing with relatives with dementia and Alzheimer's. This is becoming more and more common in real life and it is great that it is getting portrayed in literature.