That was really why I wanted to go to camp this year instead of sitting at home all summer with my parents. I desperately needed some new friends....
Brynn Evason is, in many ways, just like an ordinary 17-year-old girl - she cares too much about what other people think of her, she's embroiled in major friendship drama, and she can't wait to head off to summer camp.
But in Sara Pyszka's heartwarming coming-of-age drama, Dancing Daisies, listeners learn that Brynn is different in one very important way. Brynn has cerebral palsy, which means she must use a power wheelchair and computer to communicate.
After her relationship with her two best friends is shattered, Brynn is looking forward more than ever to her summer at Camp Lakewood. She soon learns, however, that getting away from home doesn't spare her from all of life's dramas.
While some campers meet her with dismay, Brynn eventually meets friends who can see past her disabilities. One of those friends is Tommy, a boy for whom Brynn immediately falls head over heels.
But as Tommy and Brynn's friendship deepens, a misunderstanding puts the new couple in jeopardy. Can Brynn find a way to clear Tommy's name?
We read this as a class for my OTA program at Sinclair College in Dayton, later finding out that the author graduated from Wright State University! My classmates and I loved this book. We were so sad when it ended but are looking forward to reading her second book. She puts in perspective how important it is to educate yourself on different disabilities and to treat others the way you would want to be treated. Those with CP are no different from anyone else. They get embarrassed too, they want to date too, they want to make friends too! There are way more similarities we share with others than differences between us, even those who have CP. One of my good friends in the program has a sister with CP and she said so many times that her sister felt so similar to the way Brynn felt. We loved the attitude and hilarious sarcastic comments Brynn made in the book. Thank you for educating our class and all other readers about CP and sharing your story through your talent of writing!