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Children's Nonfiction Special Needs

Gina's Wheels

by (author) Mary Harelkin Bishop

illustrated by Diane L. Greenhorn

edited by Deana Driver

DriverWorks Ink and Emmbee Ink
Initial publish date
Sep 2014
Special Needs
Recommended Age
2 to 11
Recommended Grade
p to 6
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2014
    List Price

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What would it be like to spend your life in a wheelchair?

After meeting Colette Bourgonje, one of Canada’s most accomplished Paralympic athletes, five-year-old Gina explores her own world from her version of a wheelchair.

How will this affect Gina when she goes to kindergarten?

About the authors

Mary Bishop is a teacher-librarian in the Saskatoon public school system. Writing has always been a very important aspect in her life. Mary knew she was a writer when she was nine years old. Mary has had a few poems and a short story published in local publications as well. She is a wonderful reader of her own work and is in great demand for writing workshops to help young people begin to write their own stories.In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family and friends walking, biking and skiing.

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  • Commended, Honorable Mention, Children's Books, Great Midwest Book Festival

Excerpt: Gina's Wheels (by (author) Mary Harelkin Bishop; illustrated by Diane L. Greenhorn; edited by Deana Driver)

There was once a young girl named Gina
who was curious about everything.
She loved going places with her mother,
because she always saw something new
and exciting.

Today, even though Gina and her mother
were only at the shopping mall, Gina knew
she would discover something interesting.

Editorial Reviews

"Gina’s Wheels is based on a true story as experienced through a curious “real-life” girl named Maeve, whose mother co-taught with Bourgonje in a Saskatoon school. Impressed by Colette in the classroom, at three Maeve began using her own stroller like a wheelchair to “[explore] the world in a different way”. Harelkin Bishop – whose name many will recognize from her highly successful Tunnels of Moose Jaw Adventure Series – learned about Maeve when she was doing research for her biography, Moving Forward: The Journey of Paralympian Colette Bourgonje. The story features a heart-warming conclusion, and the author has added information about and photos of “the Real Gina” and Colette Bourgonje, a ten-time Paralympian. It’s interesting to follow the careers of writers from my home province and learn how they’ve diversified in regards to genres. Congratulations to Mary Harelkin Bishop for trying something new, and succeeding so nicely."

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