Caterpillars Can't Swim

Category: Book
By (author): Shaw, Liane
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14 Canadian
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Bullying
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Disabilities & Special Needs
Audience: young adult
Publisher: Second Story Press
Published: September 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*Ryan finds his freedom in the water, where he is not bound by gravity and his wheelchair. When he rescues his schoolmate, Jack, from the water their lives become connected, whether they like it or not. Ryan keeps Jack's secret about that day in the water, but he knows that Jack needs help. The school is full of rumors about Jack's sexuality, and he has few friends. Almost against his better judgement, Ryan decides to invite Jack on a trip to Comic Con he's planned with his best friend Cody, the captain of the school's swim team. The three boys make an unlikely combination, but they will each have the chance to show whether they are brave enough to go against the stereotypes the world wants to define them by.
From The Publisher*Ryan finds his freedom in the water, where he is not bound by gravity and his wheelchair. When he rescues his schoolmate, Jack, from the water their lives become connected, whether they like it or not. Ryan keeps Jack's secret about that day, but with Jack dogged by rumours about his sexuality at school, Ryan feels that Jack still might need help.
From The Publisher*For sixteen-year-old Ryan, the water is where he finds his freedom. Ever since childhood, when he realized that he would never walk like other people, he has loved the water where gravity is no longer his enemy. But he never imagined he would become his small town's hero by saving a schoolmate from drowning. Jack is also attracted to the water, but for him it's the promise of permanent escape. Disappearing altogether seems better than living through one more day of high-school where he is dogged by rumors about his sexuality. He's terrified that coming out will alienate him from everyone in town-and crush his adoring mother. Ryan saves Jack's life, but he also keeps his secret. Their bond leads to a grudging friendship, and an unexpected road-trip to Comic Con with Ryan's best friend Cody, the captain of the swim team. They make an unlikely trio, but each of them will have the chance to show whether he is brave enough to go against the stereotypes the world wants to define him by.
Review Quote*This is a strong addition to the canon of literature in Canada that works within realms of sexual diversity and disability. A thought-provoking and compelling narrative that teenage fans of character-driven books will definitely enjoy.
Review Quote*In Caterpillars Can't Swim, [Liane Shaw] examines the prejudices people exert on those who are different- whether those differences are perceived or real- and crafts a plot that ensures understanding and acceptance.... By casting Ryan, whose cerebral palsy defines him for so many, in the role of hero, Shaw changes up the expected narrative.