Rowan Collier is a polio survivor who has been left crippled. With her family abandoning her, she must fight her way through prejudice, abuse, and her own upbringing to break the idea that she is "unfit."
Albert Whitman & Co
Teenage polio survivor Rowan Collier is caught in the crossfire of a secret war against "the unfit." It's 1922, and eugenicsthe movement dedicated to racial purity and good breedinghas taken hold in America. State laws allow institutions to sterilize minorities, the "feeble-minded," and the poor, while local eugenics councils set up exhibits at county fairs with "fitter family" contests and propaganda. After years of being confined to hospitals, Rowan is recruited at sixteen to play a born cripple in a county fair eugenics exhibit. But gutsy, outspoken Dorchy befriends Rowan and helps her realize her own inner strength and bravery. The two escape the fair and end up at a summer camp on a desolate island run by the New England Eugenics Council. There they discover something is happening to the children. Rowan must find a way to stop the horrors on the island
if she can escape them herself.
Born of a prominent New York family, disabled polio survivor Rowan Collier takes a summer job in which she plays a cripple in a show meant to convince the public that certain types of people should be bred out of existence.
In 1922, unwanted by her upperclass family, teenage polio survivor Rowan plays a born cripple in a state fair eugenics exhibit but soon learns how badly eugenics can go awry.
Albert Whitman, Feb 2016
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