Singer with disability shines in Ali Stroker’s new kids book

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway star Ali Stroker says she always feels like her “most powerful self” when onstage, and has teamed up with middle grade author Stacy Davidowitz for a new children’s book. She set out to create a familiar character: a young girl who uses a wheelchair who wants to perform in a local musical. “The Chance to Fly” — published this week — was a way for the actor to share her own experiences as a person with a disability and big dreams. Stroker, who has used a wheelchair since a car accident paralyzed her when she was two, says she wanted to help kids with disabilities recognize themselves in the book.