Editors’ Note: This wonderful review of The Amazing Edie Eckhart by Rosie Jones came from 13-year-old Susie, who has cerebral palsy (with help from her Mum). It may contain spoilers for some parts of the story. She was sent a free copy of the book for the purposes of this review. She has been paid the same as all of our contributors, and has promised to spend her entire fee on sweets.
I really like this book because it is relatable – having cerebral palsy as well. It is relatable because there are a few cerebral palsy-related occurrences that happen that I have experienced. One thing that I remember is when Edie calls it ‘Terrible Palsy’ which I have called it before. I feel like Edie is very moving because she doesn’t hold back because of her cerebral palsy.
The character of Edie is very inspirational because she joined a theatre club, got a lead role, and then did something as ambitious as to change the lead character’s gender. Mr. Murphy is a character that I think is good for Edie because he motivates her a lot when the performance of a Christmas Carol is nearing.