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Stories About Disabilities or Illnesses

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Anderson, Laurie Halse. Wintergirls
Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

Averett, Edward.  Cameron and the Girls   
A boy suffering from Schizophreniform disorder falls into a love triangle with a girl in his junior high class--and a girl in his head.

Berk, Josh. The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin
When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.

Bingham, Kelly. Shark Girl
After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring artist, struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it imposes on her day-to-day life and her plans for the future.

Chappell, Crissa-Jean. Total Constant Order
Resentful and upset when her family moves from Vermont to Miami, Florida, and her parents' fighting escalates, high-schooler Fin develops OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and becomes consumed with numbers, counting, irrational worrying, and avoiding germs.

Cummings, Pricilla. Blindsided
After years of failing eyesight, fourteen-year-old Natalie reluctantly enters a school for the blind, where in spite of her initial resistance she learns the skills that will help her survive in the sighted world.

Cushman, Karen.  Alchemy and Meggy Swann
In 1573, the crippled, scorned, and destitute Meggy Swann goes to London, where she meets her father, an impoverished alchemist, and eventually discovers that although her legs are bent and weak, she has many other strengths.

Dowell, Francis O’Roarke. Dovey Coe
When accused of murder in her North Carolina mountain town in 1928, Dovey Coe, a strong-willed twelve-year-old girl, comes to a new understanding of others, including her deaf brother.

Elkeles, Simon. Leaving Paradise
In alternating chapters, seventeen-year-olds Caleb and Maggie relate the difficulties of readjusting to school, and changing relationships with family, friends, and one another, a year after a drunk driving accident sent her to the hospital with a crippling leg injury and him to prison.

Ferris, Jean. Of Sound Mind.
Tired of interpreting for his deaf family and resentful of their reliance on him, high school senior Theo finds support and understanding from Ivy, a new student who also has a deaf parent.

Froese, Deborah. Out of the Fire.
Sixteen-year-old Dayle survives a tragic fire and learns that her own resources go much deeper than appearances.

Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key.
To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.

Griffin, Paul. The Orange Houses
Tamika, a fifteen-year-old hearing-impaired girl, Jimmi, an eighteen-year-old veteran who stopped taking his antipsychotic medication, and sixteen-year-old Fatima, an illegal immigrant from Africa, meet and connect in their Bronx, New York, neighborhood, with devastating results.

Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Despite his overhwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

Harrar, George. Not as Crazy as I Seem
As fifteen-year-old Devon begins mid-year at a new prestigious prep school, he is plagued by compulsions such as the need to sort things into groups of four.

Hesser, Terry Spencer. Kissing Doorknobs.
Fourteen-year-old Tara describes how her increasingly strange compulsions begin to take over her life and affect her relationships with her family and friends.

Howell, Simmone. Everything Beautiful
When sixteen-year-old Riley unwillingly attends a religious summer camp, she forms a deep bond with another camper who happens to be wheelchair bound

Jenkins, A.M. Damage.
Seventeen-year-old football hero Austin, trying to understand the inexplicable depression that has drained his interest in life, thinks that he has found relief in a girl who seems very special.

Johnson, Harriet McBride. Accidents of Nature
Having always prided herself on blending in with "normal" people despite her cerebral palsy, seventeen-year-old Jean begins to question her role in the world while attending a summer camp for children with disabilities.

Johnson, Scott. Safe at Second
Paulie Lockwood's best friend Todd Bannister is destined for the major leagues until a line drive to the head causes him to lose an eye and they both must find a new future for themselves.

Koertge, Ron. Stoner and Spaz
A troubled youth with cerebral palsy struggles toward self-acceptance with the help of a drug-addicted young woman.

Mackall, Dandi Daley. The Silence of Murder
Sixteen-year-old Hope must defend her developmentally disabled brother (who has not spoken a word since he was seven) when he is accused of murdering a beloved high school baseball coach. Winner of the 2012 Edgar Award

Marsden, John. Checkers.
Speaking from a mental hospital, a teenage girl recounts the tremendous media pressure that preceded the breaking scandal of her father's unethical business dealings.

McKinnon, Hannah Roberts. The Properties of Water
When her older sister Marni is paralyzed jumping off the cliffs into the lake near their house, thirteen-year-old Lace feels responsible for the accident and struggles to find a way to help heal her family.

McCormick, Patricia. Cut
While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better.

Monninger, Joseph. Wish
15-year-old Bee's brother Tommy, eleven, knows everything there is to know about great white sharks. He also has cystic fibrosis and is often sick. That's why Bee wants his wish-foundation trip to California to dive in a cage among the sharks to be perfect.

Moore, Peter. Blind Sighted.
Kirk, a creative misfit who is in trouble at high school because he is bored with his classes, learns to deal with his alcoholic mother, new friends, and life with the help of a blind young woman who hires him to read to her.

Orr, Wendy. Peeling the Onion
Following an automobile accident in which her neck is broken, a teenage karate champion begins a long and painful recovery with the help of her family.

Pennebaker, Ruth. Both Sides Now
Fifteen-year-old Liza tries to deal with the normal everyday crises of life in an Austin, Texas, high school, a process complicated by her mother's fight with breast cancer. (SLJ gr 8+)

Philbrick, Rodman. Freak the Mighty
At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team.

Rosenberg, Liz. Seventeen: A Novel in Prose Poems.
Seventeen-year-old Stephanie journeys from fall to spring and from childhood to womanhood as she experiences first love and deals with her fear of inheriting her mother's mental illness.

Rottman, S.L. Head Above Water
Skye, a high school junior, tries to find the time for both family obligations and personal interests, which include caring for her brother who has Down's Syndrome, dating her first boyfriend, and swimming competitively.

Sones, Sonya. Stop Pretending.
A younger sister has a difficult time adjusting to life after her older sister has a mental breakdown.

Stork, Francisco X. Marcelo in the Real World
Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

Tashjian, Janet. Multiple Choice.
Monica, a fourteen-year-old perfectionist and word game expert, tries to break free from all of the suffocating rules in her life by creating a game for living called Multiple Choice.

Trueman, Terry. Stuck in Neutral.
Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him. The sequel, Life Happens Next, will be released in August, 2012.

Waters, Annie. Glimmer.
A college freshman slowly loses contact with reality.

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