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In 1996, Kehret published Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio. The memoir is both heartbreaking and fascinating. Kehret tells her story in a warm, compelling way that gives children an honest account of what happened to her, while making it clear that she was one of the luckier polio patients. Unlike some of her roommates at the hospital, Kehret had parents who cared for her and made a point of visiting her often. While the author describes the excruciating treatments she had to endure, she does so with self-deprecating humor and gratitude (gained in hindsight) for the lessons it taught her. Even though the effects of polio have come back to haunt Kehret in her later life, she ends her memoir on a positive, hopeful note. The overall message of Small Steps is one of triumph over difficulty and thankfulness for the things many of us take for granted every day—breathing easily, walking without assistance, moving painlessly, etc. It's an excellent memoir, one kids should find accessible and interesting. I certainly did.
(Readalikes: Reminds me a little of All Better Now by Emily Wing Smith)
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