“Lizzie Peterlinz might just pull her wheelchair up to the table and take her place alongside Anne Shirley and Pippi Longstocking. She’s smart. She’s sassy. She’s curious. She’s courageous. And she loves Latin and words of all kinds. Told by one of the great American poets, Lizzie! is a flat-out wonderful read. I couldn’t put it down.” —Barry Moser
“Smart, spunky, and delightfully quirky, Lizzie is an unforgettable heroine. She contemplates the mystery of words and analyzes their origins, intuits the hidden natures—good or bad—of the people around her, solves a crime in her neighborhood, and tells us her story in a wonderfully forthright voice. Maxine Kumin’s portrayal of Lizzie’s life after a diving accident is at once unflinching and hopeful. Some things Lizzie lost will never come back, but her indomitable spirit will always keep her connected to the forces that nurture and protect the world. Lizzie! is a tough-minded and kind-hearted tale of adventure with a memorable cast of supporting characters.” —Kyoko Mori, author of Shizuko’s Daughter
“I love Lizzie—the novel and the delightful, spirited girl at the heart of it. Like the sublime Maxine Kumin, she rivets the reader with her passion for language, adventure, and the natural world.” —Hilma Wolitzer, author of Introducing Shirley Braverman and Out of Love
“As a blind author and lover of literature, I have always wanted to read a story about a hero or heroine with a disability whose disability isn’t central to the plot. Lizzie! is a wonderful read about just such a character. She happens to use a wheelchair, but the adventures in her life, and the places she finds herself have nothing to do with her disability, and she goes through life just like any other middle schooler. Any young reader who picks up this book will be educated and entertained, while also getting pulled into the unexpected twists and turns of Lizzie’s first year in Miami Florida.” —Laurie Rubin, author of Do You Dream in Color?