Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask about Having a Disability / by Shane Burcaw; photographs by Matt Carr. 10.15.2018

Roaring Brook Press ISBN 9781626727717

PRI Grades 1-5 Rating: 5

Shane Burcaw answers questions about living with spinal muscular atrophy in Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask about Having a Disability.

The author has a small body and extremely weak muscles due to SMA. He candidly addresses the curiosity of young readers by explaining that he is “just a little different”. Photographs by Matt Carr capture Burcaw’s personality and show his many capabilities alongside his physical challenges.

Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask about Having a Disability is written with sincerity, humor, and insight. The author’s openness and positive outlook help to educate readers of all ages about living with a disability.

An Author’s Note contains additional reflections of the author and information about his non-profit organization.

Nina Ditmar, CLJ