Her Own Two Feet
Rebeka was born in Rwanda, and the story opens when she is four years old. Her arms and feet don't work like everyone else's, so her younger sister eventually goes to school instead of Rebeka, who works on doing things independently as well as she can. An American family sponsors her sister's education, and through them, Rebeka is ultimately invited to spend a year in the United States, where doctors might be able to help her walk.
A lot of readers will relate to Rebeka's challenge in terms of being scared of something, and finding the courage to do new things. Her story is compelling and she is easy to cheer for. The writing is constructed with fairly simple sentences, so in places it feels like a list of events, but this does make it straightforward and accessible to elementary audiences.
"Now I'll never catch up, thought Rebeka when Medea left for her first day of class. What good is being able to walk if I have nowhere to go?"
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