The Birth of
Super Crip

Red O’Ryan spends most of his days like many high school juniors—dealing with the demands of class, thinking about girls, and trying to measure up to his older brother. Cerebral palsy is just part of his life, and he doesn’t think the experimental treatments he’s receiving for the disability are doing anything for him. When a confrontation with a football player ends with the bully on the ground, Red knows he never touched him. But he can’t help wondering how his tormentor fell. Soon, Red realizes that he may have to do more than just get used to the nickname Super Crip.

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Super Crip in the News!

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The Birth of
Super Crip

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What people are saying about
The Birth of
Super Crip

“It is a great, really great story. . . . I love the narrative. I think [Rob] did a great job with the language and with the characterization. I like Red enormously, and I very much like his brother and his mother. And the doctor, who is also a great character. The storyline advances in ways that are very engaging.” –Maxwell King, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation, former Editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer

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“[The novel] will help young readers more readily appreciate and accept classmates and others with disabilities.” –PA Senator Thomas McGarrigle

Reviews from Amazon customers:

“Great story with lots of twists and turns and a very unique main character. It allows the reader to see things from the perspective of a person with a disability, but to realize [that] perspective is also one of a human being with many abilities! As an added bonus, Rob Quinn has an amazing talent for writing dialogue. I especially loved the banter between Red and his brother. Overall, this is an exciting, page-turning story with a great deal of insight!”

“Quinn’s attention to detail is excellent . . . I found myself visualizing exactly what he was describing in Red’s movements from my own knowledge of CP. Red’s feelings about his disability . . . are spot on . . . I think this book needs the attention of both audiences: disabled and non-disabled. And, most certainly, teachers.” (Read the whole review.)

“The novel is funny, suspenseful, and well-written, and the characters are richly drawn. Young teenagers and adults too will enjoy.”

“Loved it! I recommend it for young people—for fun and to increase their empathy. Would be a great aid in teaching about bullying, too.”

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A transcript for people who are hearing impaired is available here.

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Super Crip
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