Hero of Lesser Causes by Julie Johnston

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In 1946 twelve-year-old Keely is devastated when her older brother Patrick is paralyzed by polio, and she starts a campaign to reawaken his waning interest in life.
 

About Julie Johnston

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Johnston, a native of the Ottawa-valley region, sets many of her novels in the picturesque part of Ontario.
 
Published January 1, 1992 by Lester Pub. 178 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Keely, 12, and her brother Patrick, 13, are rivals given to challenging, often dangerous, dares but also ``Siamese twins, joined at the mind.'' When polio strikes (it's 1946) and the active boy is left not only without movement but deeply despondent, Keely also finds her world profoundly altered.

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Keely, age 12, and her spirited, slightly older brother Patrick are ``Siamese twins joined at the mind.'' But a carefree summer in their Canadian town ends abruptly when Patrick contracts polio (presumably from swimming, despite warnings, in a particular pool).

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This story of a 12-year-old girl whose older brother contracts polio "starts slowly and accelerates into a spectacular novel, balancing coming-of-age angst with grief from a sudden, devastating affliction," wrote PW in a starred review.

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