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Wonder

by R. J. Palacio

Over 3 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. 

The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement....


Small Steps

by Louis Sachar

SMALL STEPS is a contemporary young adult novel from Louis Sachar, the New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Award–winning smash hit phenomenon book and movie/DVD sensation Holes, and The Cardturner...


Blind

by Rachel DeWoskin

When Emma Sasha Silver loses her eyesight in a nightmare accident, she must relearn everything from walking across the street to recognizing her own sisters to imagining colors. One of seven children, Emma used...


Mockingbird

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2010

by Kathryn Erskine

THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER and ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NOVELS OF OUR TIME FOR YOUNG READERS

Caitlin has Asperger's. The world according to her is black and white; anything in between is confusing. Before,...


Life Happens Next

by Terry Trueman

Stuck in Neutral, a Printz Honor Book, introduced the world to Shawn McDaniel, a fourteen-year-old kid with cerebral palsy. But what happens next?

Shawn's got a new perspective on life. But no one has a clue....


Fish in a Tree

by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

A New York Times Bestseller!

The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them...


Mattie has Wheels: Traveling on a Plane

by Meena Dhanjal

Mattie is back and she wants to invite you over again for a peek into her world. This time Mattie would like to show you how she travels on a plane since she is unable to walk and is in a wheelchair. Join us...


Kissing Doorknobs

by Terry Spencer Hesser & A.J. Allen

During her preschool years, Tara Sullivan lived in terror that something bad would happen to her mother while they were apart. In grade school, she panicked during the practice fire drills. Practice for what?,...


The Mitten String

by Jennifer Rosner & Kristina Swarner

An original Jewish folktale about a girl who knits, a deaf woman, and a piece of blue yarn.

        When her family invites a deaf woman and her baby to stay, Ruthie, a talented knitter of mittens, wonders...


Armond Goes to a Party: A book about Asperger's and friendship

by Nancy Carlson & Armond Isaak

Armond doesn’t want to go to Felicia’s birthday party. Parties are noisy, disorganized, and smelly—all things that are hard for a kid with Asperger’s. Worst of all is socializing with other kids. But...


Mystery at the Horse Show: Giddy Up Girls #1

by Jordan Olerud, Rachelle Sheets & Rose Beede

Jordan, her service dog Baker, her nurse Emma and her sister Jessica are excited about traveling to Arizona where they will visit an Arabian horse show and stay at a real dude ranch. But their adventure quickly...


Challenger Deep

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2015

by Neal Shusterman & Brendan Shusterman

National Book Award and Golden Kite Award Winner

A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling...


365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts

by R. J. Palacio

Over 3 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. In Wonder, readers were introduced to memorable...


Red Sky in the Morning

by Elizabeth Laird

A moving narrative about a young girl's experience with disability, loss, and the power of unconditional love.


Forget Me Not

by Nancy Van Laan & Stephanie Graegin

Young readers are given an emotionally powerful yet accessible introduction to what it is like having a close family member with Alzheimer’s disease in this deeply resonant story about the relationship between...


Owen Has Burgers and Drum: Helping to Understand and Befriend Kids with Asperger's Syndrome

by Christine M. Sheils, Frank R. Pane & Anita DuFalla

There's a new student in Calvin's class, a boy named Owen. Mrs. Gilson, their teacher, asks Cal to show Owen around. Cal is curious about Owen, because he overheard Owen's mother telling Mrs. Gilson that Owen...


Grace Figures Out School

by Leslie Burby

It's Grace's first day at a new school, and she doesn't know what to do. She meets nice and not-so-nice classmates, but are they speaking in some sort of code? She can't understand them at all. When her teacher...


Anything But Typical

by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Jason Blake is an autistic 12-year-old living in a neurotypical world. Most days it's just a matter of time before something goes wrong. But Jason finds a glimmer of understanding when he comes across PhoenixBird,...


The Man Who Loved Clowns

by June Wood

Delrita likes being invisible. If no one notices her, then no one willnotice her uncle Punky either. Punky is a grown man with a child's mind. Delrita loves him dearly and can't stand people making fun of his...


The Orange Houses

by Paul Griffin

Tamika Sykes, AKA Mik, is hearing impaired and way too smart for her West Bronx high school. She copes by reading lips and selling homework answers, and looks forward to the time each day when she can be alone...