What is the important message that The Crazy Horse Electric Game sends to readers?

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Hello! The Crazy Horse Electric Game highlights the struggles of those with disabilities. Willie Weaver, the protagonist, is a star baseball player for Sampson Floral. His fantastic skills are instrumental in Sampson Floral taking away the championship from three time winner, Crazy Horse Electric. When his accident renders him partially paralyzed, his life falls apart. His parents' marriage suffers, and he is beset with doubts about his manhood, his values, and his purpose in life.

So, what is the most important message this novel sends to readers? Through Willie, Chris Crutcher shows us that life changes after an accident should not define who we are as human beings; instead, our value as individuals should be defined by our unchanging values and our inner characteristics. Willie learns that he has to adjust to his new life. He learns that feelings of rage, inadequacy, impotence, and self-pity may normally characterize one's journey from wholeness to disability, but he also comes to realize that it is possible to move past the hurt and the grief to achieve some semblance of normalcy. Through the ministrations of teachers and mentors at One More Last Chance High School (and also his peers), Willie learns to develop new skills, embrace new strengths, and focus on new attitudes.