Title: Portia’s Incredible Journey
Author: Emma L. Price
LIFE ISN’T EASY FOR YOUNG PORTIA — A CHRONIC
DISEASE, PARENTS SEPARATING AND BULLYING. “Portia’s Incredible
Journey” is a page-turning novel about overcoming adversity, family
separation, and coming of age told from the point of view of Portia Maddox, an
eleven year-old African-American girl. When Portia faces the worst day of her
life, she thinks things could not get any worse. But this is just the beginning
of an incredible year from having to give herself insulin, to bullying, to the
threat of her family breaking up.
Only when Portia understands the words from Grandma Ruth, “Life’s a succession of storms that makes us grow stronger,” can she deal with these difficult challenges that continue to surface.
Plenty of friendship, angst, and real-life packed into this easy to read story.
Portia’s Incredible Journey features a very likable protagonist, a ten-year-old girl who’s just learned she has diabetes. Coping with it is tough, and on top of that, her entire life is changing. The book also touches on hard to swallow topics like bullying and family separation.
Definitely a great book for children.