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Ages: 8-12

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Emily Included

by: Kathleen McDonnell
A Regular School -

Emily Eaton was born with cerebral palsy. She couldn't communicate or control her movements like other kids, and she used a wheelchair. But that did not stop her from wanting to be a kid like everyone else, including going to a regular school.

A Fight to be Included -

But when some important people decided that Emily should leave and go to a special school for disabled children, Emily and her family were upset. They decided that they would fight for Emily to stay in her class and stay with her friends.

All the Way to the Supreme Court!

Emily’s battle not to be forced out of her school was long, hard – and history-making. The fight took her to the highest court in the country. Emily and her family would let nothing stand in the way of her being included, wherever she wants to go.

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Finalist for the 2012/13 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award

Finalist for the 2012/13 Red Cedar Book Award

Finalist for the 2014 Golden Oak Award

2015 IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities - Outstanding Book


"By using a combination of dialogue and narrative, author McDonnell reveals Emily’s personality, her family relationships, and her many accomplishments." - Etta Kaner, Good News Toronto, December 5, 2011

"This book is an enjoyable read as it stands. However in the hands of educators and caregivers, its value for children will be greatly enhanced through discussion of the various thought-provoking topics it engenders." -Canadian Children's Book News, April 27, 2012

"This book offers a unique poignancy, captured in photos and an epilogue written by Emily herself, that comes from its real-life implications and that other resources on the topic often lack. It presents issues of equality, access, and parity in a narrative style that is easily accessible to any child who may be experiencing their own uncertainty with inclusion situations at school." -Booklist, May 1, 2012

"This excellent biography exposes the reader to the world of living with disabilities and to the advantages of inclusive education for all children." -Canadian Teachers Magazine, September 1, 2012


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Guided Reading Level: S

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