One of the more obvious reasons Coralee doesn't like the idea is that she has cerebral palsy and needs a wheelchair to get around. She's not embarrassed by this fact, but often annoyed by the way her wheelchair causes people to treat her. But Coralee is persistent and Ellie agrees to go along with it. It's just about everything Ellie feared. And when the organizer starts using Ellie to promote the "diversity" of the event, Coralee grows resentful of the attention Ellie is getting. Ellie decides she has to take control and do this on her own terms.
There's undeniably excellent representation here for children with disabilities and the best part of this story was the character of Ellie. She has the right amount of spunk and intelligence to be interesting. But the story felt rough and unfinished. The development of Ellie's relationship with her estranged father had potential but never really takes off and the tensions with Coralee get a rushed resolution.