Young Adult Fiction / Wheels

by Delwyne Stephens

Paperback, 160 pages
ISBN: 978-1-876603-17-5
RRP: $15.95
Age: 13 Years +

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An authentic and thought-provoking novel that is bound to stimulate a lot of reader interest.

Following a motorbike accident, fifteen-year-old Shane Jamieson becomes a paraplegic. He is thrust into a new and tortured world where he strives to make sense of his life, his disability, and those who are close to him.

Wheels is an invaluable, accessible class text that raises such timely issues as

  • Teenagers and high risk activities
  • Coping with strained relationships
  • The ebb and flow of adolescent romance
  • The world of the disabled
  • Keeping a positive view on life

Wheels has recently been listed as one of ten recommended reads in the Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature.


"The novel would make an ideal class set …"
Joyce Michael, Fiction Focus

"It's a gritty, realistic story that may get older teenagers to think twice before taking risks when using cars and bikes … an excellent introduction to the topic."
David Johnson, Good Reading Magazine

"… a candid recount of a paraplegic's first months of recovery and rehabilitation … the story is heart-felt and clearly expressed. "
Reading Time

"Wheels is an unflinching and tender look at how Shane struggles with his physical limitations without giving up on his dreams."
Frances Atkinson, The Sunday Age

"This is a warm touching story … both boys and girls will be moved by its simple poignancy."
Russ Merrin, Magpies Magazine

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