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Miracles happen : one mother, one daughter, one journey
Ellison, Brooke, 1978-
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New York : Hyperion, 2001.
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261 pages ; 22 cm
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Brooke Ellison was the victim of an automobile accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down when she was eleven years old. Written with her mother, Jean, her closest companion, Brooke's story starts on the day that changed her life. This inspiring story is not just about one person, but about the heroics of a family.

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When they're not traveling as motivational speakers, Brooke and Jean Ellison live with their family in Stony Brook, New York

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Booklist Review

In 1990, on her first day in seventh grade, 11-year-old Brooke Ellison was hit by a car. Paralyzed from the neck down, she overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to become the first quadriplegic to graduate from Harvard. In this book (published to coincide with the broadcast of a television movie about Ellison, directed by Christopher Reeve), Brooke and her mother tell the story, in alternating chapters, of Brooke's injury, recovery, and eventual triumph. It's an affecting tale, and the unusual structure--the point-of-view shifts constantly between mother and daughter--lets us see in great detail the devastating effect a single moment can have on a family's lifetime. Brooke is a slightly better writer than her mother, but they have in common a sense of humor and a graceful dignity that elevate this story far above the slick sentimentality of many similar accounts. --David Pitt

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a similar vein is Brooke and Jean Ellison's Miracles Happen: One Mother, One Daughter, One Journey. When she was 11 years old, Brooke was hit by a car and was paralyzed from the neck down. Her mother, Jean, nurtured her with optimism and confidence, and 10 years later Brooke graduated from Harvard University, becoming the first quadriplegic to do so. This two-person account (in which the authors trade off chapters) covers a lot of ground: living with a disability, the importance of mother-daughter relationships and celebrating everyday wonders. The book's publication coincides with the broadcast of the ABC-TV movie about the Ellisons directed by Christopher Reeve. ( Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

At age 11, Brooke Ellison was left paralyzed from the neck down after being hit by an automobile. Writing together in alternating chapters, Brooke and her mother, Jean, document the exhausting efforts and dedication that it took for Brooke to beat overwhelming physical odds and finally graduate, with honors, from Harvard University. The story begins on the day of the accident and ends triumphantly with Brooke's graduation speech from college. Brooke's upbeat account of her college experience reveals her charming and witty nature, and Jean's contribution is a testimony to the profound powers of a mother's love and unfailing dedication. Although many other biographies of quadriplegics are available, this one, written with keen intellect and an open heart, deserves attention. It is recommended for both public and school libraries seeking nonfiction that provides strong role models for adolescents. Academic libraries supporting a curriculum in the health sciences might also find this suitable. Deborah Anne Broocker, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Dunwoody (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.