A Step Towards FallingAges 12+
'Neither of us is exactly living the dream. But we're living something and that's more than either of us expected this year.'
In A Step Toward Falling, Cammie McGovern tells a poignant, compelling story of not judging people on appearances and knowing how to fix the things you've broken.
Emily has always been the kind of girl who tries to do the right thing - until one night when she does the worst thing possible. She sees Belinda, a classmate with developmental disabilities, being attacked. Inexplicably, she does nothing at all.
Belinda, however, manages to save herself. When their high school finds out what happened, Emily and Lucas, a football player who was also there that night, are required to perform community service at a centre for disabled people. Soon, Lucas and Emily begin to feel like maybe they're starting to make a real difference. Like they would be able to do the right thing if they could do that night all over again. But can they do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt the most?
Without evading or sugarcoating difficult topics, McGovern shows that disabled and able aren't binary states but part of a continuum - a human one.
This book is a great exploration of both disabilities and conscience, making us really examine where our own moral compass stands.
Anne Hammond, ThirteenFourteen