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The Chance to Fly
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The Chance to Fly

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If you enjoyed Fearless, then you’ll love The Chance to Fly.

“MY HEART EXPLODED WHILE READING THIS BOOK! It was an absolute DELIGHT and also so, so important. As a theater superfan, my heart absolutely melted with the sheer theater-ness of this book. All the chapters have titles of musical theater songs and the kids literally joke and use theater songs as metaphors (literally, me). Nat even talked about how she knew the entire Wicked soundtrack back to front without even seeing it on Broadway which is EXACTLY how I consumed it. I love that Nat found her people and her place amongst the theater kids. I was never a performer so missed bonding with that crowd until I was older but honestly, theater kids are the same no matter what age they are! Besides the theater-ness, this book was so important because it features a girl living with a disability without centering her disability. Ali Stroker, one of the co-authors, is a Tony Award winning actress and also a trailblazer as the first person to star on Broadway while using a wheelchair. Together, she and Stacy Davidowitz touch upon all the ways the world does not support people who use wheelchairs, especially in the theater world. I adored this book and will be recommending it to everybody but especially every theater fan (adult and child, I already excitedly texted many of my theater colleagues). It is so important to read diverse books, especially from authors living with disabilities.”

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Description

A heartfelt middle-grade novel about a theater-loving girl who uses a wheelchair for mobility and her quest to defy expectations--and gravity--from Tony award-winning actress Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz

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?


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