Jodie's Journey

Jodie's Journey

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When Jodie Carpenter won the Greenvale Junior Jumping Chapionships there were tears of happiness in her eyes. She was not to know that she was about to be struck down by a crippling disease, and the hurdles ahead would be more challenging than those she had more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 150 x 174 x 10mm | 120g
  • Hachette Australia
  • Lothian Children's Books
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 0850919185
  • 9780850919189

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Drawing on his own lifelong straggle with rheumatoid arthritis, one of Australia's finest authors presents a moving fictional account of one young teen-ager's experiences in learning to live with that painful, crippling disease. Jodie is a champion rider whose dearest friend is her horse, Monarch. No complainer, she at first assumes that the excruciating new pains in her joints are the result of the rigors of competition - and so do her parents and the local doctor. Only after weeks of agony is her condition diagnosed, and even then school chums and teachers are less than sympathetic with her invisible ailment. Her parents consider selling Monarch; fortunately, a wise doctor defends his role in Jodie's emotional well-being - since it's saving Monarch during the catastrophic 1983 bushfire ("Ash Wednesday") that also saves Jodie's own life. More case study than novel, though Thiele's account is vividly authentic, and he builds skillfully toward Jodie's heroic effort in the dramatic conclusion by slipping the reader information about Jodie's, and her wheelchair's, capabilities. It's too bad the publisher was less careful with the jacket painting, which contains at least three errors (including Monarch's color). Well written, informative, and (briefly, at the end) exciting. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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If you have arthitis and anyone is teasing or hurting you make sure they read this book it would make them fell sorry for what they have done and they will not do it again. i am sure of it. this book is filled with great,fun,love and enjoyment . i would recommend it you will not be more
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