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Blakeslee, Mary.

Toronto, Overlea House, 1988. 191pp, paper, ISBN 0-7172-2291-8 (cloth) SI5.95, 0-7172-2290-X (paper) $3.95. CIP

Grades 7 to 9
Reviewed by Bobbie Henley-Hodgson

Volume 16 Number 6
1988 November

Will to Win depicts the life of a "super jock"—a kid who has shown leadership qualities, a kid who is popular, bright and athletic. As the story opens, he is in a car accident, which, perhaps because he wasn't wearing his seatbelt, paralyzes him from the waist down.

The character of Phil Marsden is wholly believable. One has no trouble understanding the stages he goes through in accepting his disability. He is angry at the world. He can't see any good in what his parents try to do for him. He is suspicious of everyone. And he feels extremely sorry for himself.

This is not heavy reading; in fact, it is interspersed with humour and will be easy for junior high school students to read. Many of the problems associated with people in wheelchairs-problems with accessibility to houses and schools, awkward social events, and family concerns, to name a few—are addressed. But the author has also addressed the positives-the wide range of career choices, the handicaps others may have that are less noticeable but just as real, and the broadened scope of friends one makes as a result of being in a wheel-chair.

Bobbie Henley-Hodgson, Brantford C.I. & V.S., Brantford, Ont.
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