Just Think, I Could Have Been Normal
Growing up Extraordinary With Cerebral PalsyBook - 2016
Just Think, I Could Have Been Normal is Nova Bannatyne-Eng's poignant story about growing up with cerebral palsy and, in particular, her challenges and triumphs. Nova was one of the first students with a significant disability to be integrated into, and graduate from, public school in British Columbia. Nova fought for acceptance, and countless others followed in her footsteps.
"I want you to meet a brave young woman - we don't normally run up against people who have got the kind of guts and the courage and the charm and obviously the talent of the Nova Bannatynes of this world."
- Jack Webster, featuring Nova on his "City Mike" radio show, CJRO Vancouver, in 1977
"Nova gives insight into what people with disabilities want and need - the same as everyone else, to be respected, appreciated and loved. She also helps readers realize much of the solution has to come from within."
- Ellen Baglot, Nova's first teacher, forever a friend
"Knowing Nova has been life-shaping for me as I have pursued a career based on seeing the able in disabled, thanks to her courageous and inspirational example. Nova is the bravest person I have ever known."
- Lorri Taylor, teacher, Vancouver Children's Hospital
About the author, Nova Bannatyne-Eng
Nova Bannatyne-Eng was born with cerebral palsy in Kimberley, BC, in 1956. She was one of the first significantly disabled persons to graduate from "regular" high school in BC. Currently she lives in Surrey. She has two grown children and one grandson. Nova presents to school children and other groups.
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From the very first paragraphs, I was drawn into Nova’s biographical account. It was hard to put down the book. While reading Just Think, I Could Have Been Normal, I went through the entire spectrum of emotions: from tears to smiles, from anger to cheer, from sadness to hope. (more)
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"While reading Just Think, I Could Have Been Normal, I went through the entire spectrum of emotions: from tears to smiles, from anger to cheer, from sadness to hope." - Mariya