Title: The Amazing Edie Eckhart – The Big Trip
Author: Rosie Jones
Pages: 272 Pages
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group
Hello! My name is Edie Eckhart and I’m eleven years old. I’m a little bit different. I have a disability called cerebral palsy, so I talk slowly and fall over a lot. It’s never really bothered me because I’ve never known anything else.
Edie Eckhart is getting used to life at secondary school. It’s going well so far – she’s found a brand new friendship group and has the best form tutor EVER.
But then the school organises a camping trip…. complete with muddy walks and team games. It is a DISASTER. The only fun bit is sitting by the fire and telling stories.
On top of that Edie is trying to figure out where she fits in: do you have to define all friendships? And can you be a writer AND a performer, or do you have to choose between the two?
Luckily Edie decides to take back control of the school trip… and in so doing, she discovers that you never have to define yourself. You are AMAZING just the way you are!
I loved the first book in the Edie Eckhart series: The Amazing Edie Eckhart. To be fair I was always going to read it. I love Rosie Jones. She cracks me up, she has done so much for disability visibility whilst managing to be her silly – sometimes naughty – self, and dammit I want to be friends with her. Yet, even if I didn’t love Rosie Jones and I was reading this book with no other information about the author I would absolutely be singing its praises for its celebration of diversity – whether that be race, sexuality or disability.
In the second outing The Amazing Edie Eckhart – The Big Trip we see Edie confront a few new challenges. She struggles with acceptance (mainly from ignorant adults) and have to fight for her space as people underestimate just what she can do. These stories are such a lovely way of opening up the conversation about disability and highlight some of the daily struggle that someone with Cerebral Palsy might face. Things that most of us take for granted. Rosie Jones is pioneering the way for stories that celebrate difference and champion disabled characters which is something we need in middle grade fiction rather than the sometimes dreary and upsetting stories of adversity – those books do have their place and I am not hating on them but it is just so joyful and refreshing to see a book about a character who has a disability where the disability – whilst important – isn’t the only thing about the character that we talk about.
I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
The Amazing Edie Eckhart – The Big Trip by Rosie Jones is available now.
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