Zoe's Extraordinary Holiday Adventures

Zoe's Extraordinary Holiday Adventures


By Christina Minaki


Zoe mostly has it good. Her parents are nice, her brother isn't half bad, and her dog Ella is amazing. But Zoe thinks her life is boring, nothing ever changes. She's stuck in her wheelchair and her parents never let her do anything fun. And it really bugs her that some of the kids think she's not smart just because her body doesn't always do what she wants.

Then in the midst of the holiday season, Zoe learns about the diverse cultures of her friends at school, and realizes she's not the only different one in class. While celebrating the traditions of Christmas, Hanukkanh, Kwanzaa, Divali and Eid, she realizes that excitement can arrive in weird and challenging ways. Will Zoe succeed when she needs to take charge for the first time? Or, is having adventures really not as great as she thought?

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About the Author

Christina Minaki is a librarian in Toronto who writes and reviews books. She is a strong advocate for the rights of women, children, and people with disabilities. She enjoys horseback riding, reading, traveling, and spending time with her nephew. Christina rescued two miniature poodles, Sammy and Barney, who have great fun jumping on and off her wheelchair.

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Product Information

  • Release: October 31, 2007

  • $8.95 Hardcover with Jacket

  • 146 Pages

  • 5.5 x 7.5

  • Children’s Fiction

  • Ages 8-11 / Grades 3-6

  • Guided Reading: R

  • ISBN: 9781897187265


  • Character Education
    > Empathy

  • Language Arts
    > Early Chapter Book

  • History & Social Studies
    > Global Cultures
    > Holidays & Celebrations

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Abilities

Praise for Zoe's Extraordinary Holiday Adventures

"A new seasonal classic for classrooms and libraries." - Canadian Children's Book News

"This is a very enjoyable book, suitable for Grade 2 or 3. The story celebrates diversity, strength of character and the ties that bind people together, and can lead young people to a greater understanding of what it is like to live with a disability." - Professionally Speaking (The Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers)

"... a worthwhile addition to most collections because it presents what it is like for a child to live life from a wheelchair. It focuses on a child with a disability who wants to be like her friends and how she enjoys learning about their diverse multicultural celebrations." - Jewish Book Council

"Well paced and honest, this innocent novel is recommended for school libraries wanting disability stories for readers." - AJL Reviews, Association of Jewish Libraries