Almost every Canadian kid has sat in a school bus. You remember the biting wind at the bus stop, the smell of a hundred pair of wet woolen mittens on a rainy day, the bullies at the back of the bus, the friendship of your seatmate, and the blast of cold air every time you cross a railroad. The author brings all these memories back in his book, Precious Cargo, when he takes a job as a school bus driver. As the story progresses, we learn that Davidson agrees to take on a route for students with disabilities.
Disability has been a subtopic in biomedical ethics, but the disability of ethics can stand on its own merits, and is now a relatively new field. Davidson, perhaps unintentionally, addresses some of the touchstone issues, such as the tendency to address the person behind the wheelchair instead of speaking directly to the disabled person. People with physical or intellectual challenges are finding their own voice.
The author's style is easy and casual, and yet it deals with some tough topics. By the end of the book you will have a new respect for these kids and their families, and hopefully not look upon people with disability with fear, but just ordinary folk.
Despite the tough subject matter, the book is fun to read, clearly the sign of a talented writer.