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Paws and Prose: Writer’s Responsibility

This isn’t a book review as such, in truth, it’s an essay I wrote for coursework but there are elements of it that read like a book review. So I have decided to post it here as part of Berg’s Book Club with some edits. This essay/book review talks about the writer’s responsibility when representing disabled characters. The books mentioned have been reviewed by me previously. They are Good Kings […]

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Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nusbaum (spoilers) | Berg’s Book Club

Welcome to Berg’s Bookclub. I’ve been meaning to write a book review for Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum for the last month or two. One of the things I hate the most is giving up on a book and not seeing it to the end. However, if I’m honest, the only reason I finished this book was for an essay I was writing for my coursework about the representation […]

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Berg’s Book Club

I wanted to give my book reviews a club name, so I decided to name it after my polar bear, Berg. Polar Bears are my favourite animal, ever since Chris De Lacey’s book Ice Fire. The way he wrote them made me fall in love with these creatures because I felt there was a connection between us. When I was 17, my dad bought me Berg, and now if I stay […]

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Amy and Matthew by Cammie McGovern | Berg’s Book Club

Welcome to Berg’s Book Club where I will be reviewing the Teen and Young Adult novel, Amy and Matthew (or Say What You Will) by Cammie McGovern. This book is a romance story about disabled protagonists but quiet unlike any that I have read before, including Me before you. It is a light-hearted story full of twists and turns, characters who are not only disabled but also human and full of personality, and the struggles of that weird teenage/adult stage of life.

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Heidi by Johanna Spyri (spoilers) | Berg’s Book Club

Welcome to another edition of Berg’s Book Club where you can get all your book review needs. This week, it is Heidi by Johanna Spyri. A Victorian classic about a girl who lives in the alps and makes friends with a disabled girl. Like many victorian literature with disabled characters, this book contains unbelievable miracles. However, appreciating it is a book of it’s time, there are some comic scenes in the book that makes it enjoyable to read.

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Katy by Jacqueline Wilson| Berg’s Book Club

Katy Carr is an 11-year-old girl who once had a normal life until an accident left her paralysed and completely changed her life. Katy is now disabled and coming to terms with her disability in this book written by Jaqueline Wilson. The story is inspired by the Victorian classic, What Katy Did, but written for a more modern view with an important message for children, both disabled and able-bodied.

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