Hero of Lesser Causes by Julie Johnston
This book is set in the late 1940s. Keely Connor dreams of riding the
horse who lives in the field behind her house. Patrick, her brother, is
stricken with polio, is paralyzed and loses the will to live.
Keely tries her best to transfer her energy, health and zeal for life to
her brother. A great young adult book about the hero in all of us.
First Line: "It started off as a peaceful, plodding kind of summer, the summer of 1946."