"This is Shelley; she has CP." This is how Shelley's mother introduces her daughter in at the beginning of Shelley Nixon's remarkable autobiography of her life with cerebral palsy. Shelley's mother goes on to explain why her daughter is in a wheelchair, and why her speech is slow, and, most importantly, she asserts that the disease doesn't explain who Shelley is. The result of complications that robbed Shelley's brain of oxygen when she was born, the cerebral palsy affects her muscles and her speech. As Shelley grew older, her parents began to notice that she did not develop at the pace of other children. And at about seven years old, Shelley, herself, became self-conscious of her differences. But those differences have not held her back. Shelley tells her own story, portraying herself aptly as an adventurer. Throughout the course of her education, she is the pioneer pupil in new programs for physically disabled students. In fact, she writes that she has extended herself into physical realms that her able-bodied peers avoid: wild amusement park rides, parasailing, down-hill skiing. As well, since the age of seven, Shelley has extended herself creatively as a writer of letters, poems, essays, prose, and her autobiography. Throughout, Shelley Nixon's autobiography evokes empathy and compassion. Indeed, her struggles with disappointment and her desires for independence and acceptance are universal themes that everyone can relate to. Shelley's story is also full of information that should reduce fears readers may have about the disease, and do a lot to help them confidently interact with people who have cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Disabled students will identify with Shelley Nixon's worries . . . and be inspired by her victories.