Melissa Secor


Excellent, Intermediate, Young Adult, realistic, disability, fiction

Document Type

Book Review


Sixth-grader Alba was born with a foot that points inwards, and has never felt like she fits in. She spends her time on the side of the track timing the runners and wishing she could be one of them. On top of her physical handicap, she struggles to handle all the other craziness that sixth grade entails. When she receives her final surgery, she sees it as a chance to finally be able to race in the school’s cross-country meet. Her doctor, her mom, and her best friend are all hesitant if Alba will be ready to run in the race. But Alba is determined to do it, with or without her support team.