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Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on November 11, 2015 # Health

New in the PRC Library…

Gabe & Izzy: Standing Up for America’s Bullied. By Gabrielle Ford with Sarah Thomson, Puffin Books, 2014.

When author Gabrielle “Gabe” Ford starts showing signs of abnormal walking behavior at the age of twelve, her life takes a turn that she never imagined could be possible. Diagnosed with the rare degenerative muscle disease Friedreich’s ataxia, Gabe goes from practicing pirouettes in dance class to struggling to keep her balance walking in a straight line.

Not only is Gabe faced with the struggle of dealing with her disease, constant torment and bullying prevent her from feeling safe in her own school. The pages of this heart wrenching and motivating novel follow Gabe’s journey in speaking up and being heard about bullying with the help of an unlikely companion, a coonhound named Izzy.

Gabe’s novel shows that in realizing how we treat someone largely impacts the way they feel, we can make choices to end bullying and help those in need.

A copy of this book can be checked out from the Paralysis Resource Center’s library.

Please see the online catalog and borrowing instructions.

By Maisem Jaloudi, Reeve Foundation Intern

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