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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Sophie is a very brave and determined girl. When surgery leaves her paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair, Sophie discovers new ways to do the things she loves. Like basketball. Before her surgery, she loved to play basketball, among other sports. Now she can only sit in her chair and watch. That is until she sees a wheelchair team play basketball and she’s determined to learn how. It isn’t easy, but like her mother keeps telling her, “You can do anything you put your mind to, even if you have to do it a little differently.” Sage advice for all of us: never give up, just find a way and make it work. If there’s a will, there’s usually a way.
Sophie’s story is, in many ways, Sarah Fischer Pointer’s story. As a teenager, the author was a passionate wheelchair basketball player and she continues to enjoy watching the sport. Now, as an attorney and a children’s writer, she has shared her story in You Can’t Stop Sophie Now!, an inspirational story that will propel young people to strive to reach their goals no matter how impossible they might appear. The story is written mostly as a narrative with colorful illustrations to help move the story along. It would be ideal for an early reader. The plot develops nicely and the characters are effectively described. The story is told with compassion as the author recreates a realistic situation, one that she overcame. Very powerful message and very inspirational.