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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Everyone is different. Some people walk on their own legs; others need the assistance of a wheelchair to get around. Some people speak with their mouths; others need the assistance of technology to communicate. Inside, we’re all the same: we just think and move about in a different way. Ellie and her brother Scottie and little sister Nova live with their parents on a space station. Now, how cool is that! Scottie needs a wheelchair to get around and technology to communicate. But, even with his differences, he’s like many other young boys, especially in his love for superheroes. When an alien family comes to the space station, Ellie instantly makes friends with the young aliens. Only Junpei doesn’t know how to act around Scottie. Ellie solves the problem, like she always does, by pointing out how Scottie does things his way, but deep down, he’s just a little boy with superhero dreams.
Kaela C. Green and Shannon E. Green have produced a charming picture book story, Scottie on the Space Station, that addresses some of the differences we all encounter and how to accept others in spite of their differences. The plot develops with Ellie telling the story, beginning with who she is, who her family is, and where they live. Ellie is a very outgoing, compassionate character who sets the stage to make everything right, especially where her brother Scottie is concerned. The imagination behind this story, complete with the children’s dreams of being superheroes in space, makes this an attractive story for young readers who will certainly relate to these superhero dreams. The illustrations really move the action along. A powerful story with an important message about acceptance.