By Peg Kehret
In a riveting tale of braveness and desire, Peg Kehret tells of months spent in a clinic whilst she used to be 12, first suffering to outlive a serious case of polio, then slowly studying to stroll back. Her robust account is additionally jam-packed with the humor that she and 4 spunky roommates present in day-by-day sanatorium lifestyles. Kehret is writer of the Frightmares sequence.
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Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret