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The Chance to Fly

Thirteen-year-old Nat Beacon loves a lot of things: her dog Warbucks, her best friend Chloe, and competing on her wheelchair racing team, the Zoomers, to name a few. But there’s one thing she’s absolutely OBSESSED with: MUSICALS! From Hamilton to Les Mis, there’s not a cast album she hasn’t memorized and belted along to. She’s never actually been in a musical though, or even seen an actor who uses a wheelchair for mobility on stage. Would someone like Nat ever get cast?

But when Nat’s family moves from California to New Jersey, Nat stumbles upon auditions for a kids’ production of Wicked, one of her favorite musicals ever! And she gets into the ensemble! The other cast members are super cool and inclusive (well, most of them) — especially Malik, the male lead and cutest boy Nat’s ever seen. But when things go awry a week before opening night, will Nat be able to cast her fears and insecurities aside and “Defy Gravity” in every sense of the song title? This is a heartfelt middle-grade novel about a theater-loving girl who uses her wheelchair for her quest to defy expectations, from Tony award–winning actress Ali Stroker, the first wheelchair user to be cast in a Broadway play, and Stacy Davidowitz.

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"Despite initial reserve — due in part to her burgeoning independence and past accessibility issues — she’s quickly absorbed into the cast.... Navigating being onstage for the first time, Nat works with her new friends to translate obstacles into opportunities. Bolstered by realistic dialogue and Nat’s engaging internal narrative, this endearing novel will entrance a new generation of theater lovers and charm older ones with its allusions to beloved shows." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 9 - 12
Author Ali Stroker, Stacy Davidowitz
ISBN 1419743937
Publication Date Apr 13, 2021
Publisher Harry N. Abrams
Language English