In My World (Basketball Tree & Wheels of Fire)
- Author: Carole Lander
- Published: 01 May 2016
- Languages: English
Two chapter books for children aged 7+ within one book (In My World). In both the main character lives with a disability. In both, the hero achieves his/her goals. Children's fictions that celebrate diversity.
'In My World' has two illustrated chapter books between its covers.
1. 'Basketball Tree'
Sam is confronted by the fact that he’s very short (he has a condition of dwarfism) and may not fulfil his ambition to be a good basketball player. He also has to deal with bullying but at the school basketball tournament, he’s the one who rescues the bully.
2. 'Wheels of Fire'
Bec was born with muscular impairment and uses a wheelchair. Despite this, she wants to be like other kids in her class. When she discovers a way to dance alongside them on stage she realises she can be the same as well as different. She also finds her wheelchair very useful for catching a thief.
• Themes include: friendship, striving for goals, conflict and identity, dealing with diversity.
• These are positive and affirming stories about kids today. They also depict the universal experience of people joining together through physical activity (basketball, dance).