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Disability Focused Materia
Below are representative fiction and non-fiction titles available at the IMSA community that focus on disabilities.
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Disability Focused Fiction
Challenger Deep by
Call Number: F SHUSCHAL2015
Publication Date: 2015-04-21
Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is dealing with schizophrenia ... and as fantasy and paranoia begin to take over, his parents have only one choice left.
The Degenerates by
Call Number: F MANNDEGE2021
Publication Date: 2020-03-17
In 1928, Maxine, Rose, Alice, and London face vicious attendants and bullying older girls at the Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded, each determined to change her fate at all costs. Includes historical notes about eugenics.
Five Feet Apart by
Call Number: F LIPPFIVE2019 And Ebook
Publication Date: 2019-02-05
Seventeen-year-olds Stella and Will, both suffering from cystic fibrosis, realize the only way to stay alive is to stay apart, but their love for each other is slowly pushing the boundaries of physical and emotional safety.
History Is All You Left Me by
Call Number: F SILVHIST2017 and Ebook
Publication Date: 2017-01-17
Secrets are revealed as OCD-afflicted Griffin grieves for his first love, Theo, who died in a drowning accident.
It's My Life by
Call Number: F RAMEITS2020
Publication Date: 2020-01-07
While facing disturbing revelations about the cause of her disability, a high school junior with cerebral palsy is on the verge of giving up on herself until she learns that her childhood crush has moved back into town.
Like Water by
Call Number: F PODOLIKE2017
Publication Date: 2017-10-17
When her father is diagnosed with Huntington's disease, eighteen-year-old Vanni abandons her plan to flee her small New Mexico hometown after high school graduation and instead spends the summer keeping herself busy with part-time jobs and boys, but that changes after she meets Leigh, whose friendship dares Vanni to ask herself big questions and make new plans.
Love from a to Z by
Call Number: F ALILOVE2019
Publication Date: 2019-04-30
Eighteen-year-old Muslims Adam, recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and Zayneb meet in Doha, Qatar, during spring break and fall in love as both struggle to find a way to live their own truths.
No True Believers by
Call Number: F LUMBNO2020
Publication Date: 2020-02-11
High school senior Salma Bakkioui, who has a connective tissue disorder, faces prejudice and hidden danger, especially after being framed for a Muslim terrorist act she did not commit.
The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by
Call Number: F CRANODDS2016
Publication Date: 2016-12-01
According to sixteen-year-old Zander Osborne, nowhere is an actual place--and she's just fine there. But her parents insist that she get out of her head--and her home state-and attend Camp Padua, a summer camp for at-risk teens.Zander does not fit in--or so she thinks. She has only one word for her fellow campers: crazy. In fact, the whole camp population exists somewhere between disaster and diagnosis. There's her cabin mate Cassie, a self-described manic-depressive-bipolar-anorexic. Grover Cleveland (yes, like the president), a cute but confrontational boy who expects to be schizophrenic someday, odds being what they are. And Bek, a charmingly confounding pathological liar.But amid group "share-apy" sessions and forbidden late-night outings, unlikely friendships form, and as the Michigan summer heats up, the four teens begin to reveal their tragic secrets. Zander finds herself inextricably drawn to Grover's earnest charms, and she begins to wonder if she could be happy. But first she must come completely unraveled to have any hope of putting herself back together again.
The One Thing by
Call Number: F CURTONE2015
Publication Date: 2015-09-08
After losing her sight--and the future she dreamed of--seventeen-year-old Maggie meets the one person with the ability to help her see all the possibilities life still holds.
Sick Kids in Love by
Call Number: F MOSKSICK2019
Publication Date: 2019-11-05
Isabel has one rule: no dating. It's easier-it's safer-it's better-for the other person. She's got issues. She's got secrets. She's got rheumatoid arthritis. But then she meets another sick kid. He's got a chronic illness Isabel's never heard of, something she can't even pronounce. He understands what it means to be sick. He understands her more than her healthy friends. He understands her more than her own father, who's a doctor. He's gorgeous, fun, and foul-mouthed. And totally into her. Isabel has one rule: no dating. It's complicated-it's dangerous-it's never felt better-to consider breaking that rule for him.
A Taxonomy of Love by
Call Number: F ALLETAXO2020
Publication Date: 2020-04-07
Between having a perfect-at-everything older brother and being teased about his Tourette's syndrome, Spencer is used to feeling like the weird one. But the moment Hope steps out of the moving van next door, Spencer feels different. Like his neighborhood is an entirely different place, now that he has a friend. Like he could tell Hope anything. Like he finally belongs. And then they grow up. Life gets messy, and labels like "friend" get messy, too. Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his normally trustworthy system of taxonomy. But unlike science, love doesn't always fit into easy-to-manage boxes. And if Spencer can't figure it out soon, he risks losing Hope completely.
A Time to Dance by
Call Number: F VENKTIME2014
Publication Date: 2014-05-01
Veda, a classical dance prodigy in India, lives and breathes dance -- so when an accident leaves her a below-knee amputee, her dreams are shattered. For a girl who's grown used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and flexibility, adjusting to a prosthetic leg is painful and humbling. But Veda refuses to let her disability rob her of her dreams, and she starts all over again, taking beginner classes with the youngest dancers. Then Veda meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dance as a spiritual pursuit. As their relationship deepens, Veda reconnects with the world around her, and begins to discover who she is and what dance truly means to her.
Turtles All The Way Down by
Call Number: F GREETURT2017 and Ebook
Publication Date: 2017
Aza Holmes, a high school student with obsessive-compulsive disorder, becomes focused on searching for a fugitive billionaire.
Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens by
Call Number: On Order at IMSA
Publication Date: 2018-09-18
Wired Man and Other Freaks of Nature by
Call Number: F KAUFWIRE2015
Publication Date: 2016-09-01
Ben has to wear hearing aids, but being inseparable from the super-popular Tyler allows him to think of himself as normal. But Tyler blows him off senior year and Ben needs to rethink who he is--and who Tyler is
Disability Focused Non-Fiction