DIXON – Not many children’s books have main characters with disabilities, something that Sarah Fischer Pointer wanted to change.
The 33-year-old Dixon native, who’s always fostered a love of reading, wanted to write a book that children with disabilities could relate to, and she recently published “You Can’t Stop Sophie Now!” based on her experiences.
Fischer, an attorney in Florida, is paralyzed from the waist down and played wheelchair basketball through the Rockford Park District for 9 years.
“It made me realize that I wasn’t out there in the world alone,” she said.
Her book focuses on Sophie Swanson, a girl who loves to play basketball with her friends but doesn’t think she could ever play again after a surgery leaves her paralyzed. She discovers wheelchair basketball, makes new friends and realizes she can do anything she sets her mind to.
“I want to let them know there’s so many opportunities out there, and they don’t have to sit on the sidelines,” Fischer said.
It’s not just for motivating children with disabilities, but also putting others in their shoes.
“It also teaches able-bodied kids about what their disabled friend might be feeling, and they can do anything you can do,” she said.
Fischer, a 2005 Dixon High School graduate, hopes to continue Sophie’s story with sequels and possibly feature other sports.
The book will be released in stores in February, but copies will be available during a book signing from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at Books on First, 202 W. First St.
It’s also available to order on amazon.com or at mascotbooks.com.