Characters with Disabilities: Books for Intermediate Readers

The Sea in Winter By Christine Day Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062872043
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Published: Heartdrum - January 5th, 2021

In this evocative and heartwarming novel for readers who loved The Thing About Jellyfish, the author of I Can Make This Promise tells the story of a Native American girl struggling to find her joy again.

It’s been a hard year for Maisie Cannon, ever since she hurt her leg and could not keep up with her ballet training and auditions.


Tornado Brain By Cat Patrick Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781984815330
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - April 13th, 2021

In this heartfelt and powerfully affecting coming of age story, a neurodivergent 7th grader is determined to find her missing best friend before it's too late. Now in paperback.


West Meadows Detectives: The Case of the Snack Snatcher By O'Donnell, Aurélie Grand (Illustrator) Cover Image
By O'Donnell, Aurélie Grand (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781771473453
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Published: Owlkids - September 14th, 2018

Meet Myron: a third-grade detective who loves logic, facts and solving mysteries. He does not love new things. Unfortunately, everything is new this year: Myron has a new baby sister, his family has moved across town, and now he's starting his first day at a new school.


Planet Earth Is Blue By Nicole Panteleakos Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780525646600
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Published: Yearling - May 5th, 2020

"Tender and illuminating. A beautiful debut." --Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal-winning author of When You Reach Me

A heartrending and hopeful story about a nonverbal girl and her passion for space exploration, for fans of See You in the Cosmos, Mockingbird, and The Thing About Jellyfish.


What Stars Are Made Of By Sarah Allen Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250763297
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Published: Square Fish - March 30th, 2021

From debut author Sarah Allen comes What Stars Are Made Of, a pitch-perfect, heartwarming middle grade novel about growing up, finding yourself, and loving people with everything you’re made of.


Sunnyside Plaza By Scott Simon Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316531214
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

Wonder meets Three Times Lucky in a story of empowerment as a young woman decides to help solve the mystery of multiple suspicious deaths in her group home.


El Deafo: A Graphic Novel By Cece Bell Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781419712173
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Published: Abrams Fanfare - September 2nd, 2014

Cece Bell’s #1 New York Times Bestseller graphic novel El Deafo is the origin story of a student with hearing loss and a hearing aid becoming a superhero.
 
A John Newbery Medal Winner
 
Now an Apple+ Animated TV Series!
 
Starting at a new school is scary, especially with a giant hearing aid strapped to you


Charlie and Frog By Karen Kane Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781368006309
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 19th, 2019

All Charlie Tickler wants is for his parents to listen.

Charlie's parents have left him (again). This time they are off to South Africa to help giant golden moles. And Charlie? He's been dumped with his TV-obsessed grandparents.


Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key By Jack Gantos Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250061683
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Published: Square Fish - July 1st, 2014

"They say I'm wired bad, or wired sad, but there's no doubt about it—I'm wired."


Silent Days, Silent Dreams By Allen Say, Allen Say (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Allen Say, Allen Say (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780545927611
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 31st, 2017

Caldecott Medal winner Allen Say brings his lavish illustrations and hybrid narrative and artistic styles to the story of artist James Castle.

James Castle was born two months premature on September 25, 1899, on a farm in Garden Valley, Idaho. He was deaf, mute, autistic, and probably dyslexic.


Anything But Typical By Nora Raleigh Baskin Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781416995005
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2010

Told from the first-person perspective of an autistic boy, Nora Raleigh Baskin’s novel is an enlightening story for anyone who has ever worried about fitting in.

Jason Blake is an autistic twelve-year-old living in a neurotypical world. Most days it's just a matter of time before something goes wrong.


Roll with It By Jamie Sumner Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781534442566
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

“A big-hearted story that’s as sweet as it is awesome.” —R.J.


Out of My Mind (The Out of My Mind Series) By Sharon M. Draper Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781416971719
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2012

A New York Times bestseller for three years and counting!

“A gutsy, candid, and compelling story.


Song for a Whale By Lynne Kelly Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781524770266
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Published: Yearling - December 31st, 2019

The award-winning story of a deaf girl's connection to a whale whose song can't be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.

"Fascinating, brave, and tender...a triumph." --Katherine Applegate, Newbery Award-winning author of The One and Only Ivan


Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus: Volume 1 By Dusti Bowling Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781454932994
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Published: Union Square Kids - March 5th, 2019

"Aven is a perky, hilarious, and inspiring protagonist whose attitude and humor will linger even after the last page has turned." --School Library Journal (Starred review)


The War That Saved My Life By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780147510488
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Published: Dial Books - May 31st, 2016

*Newbery Honor book
*Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award 

This #1 New York Times bestseller is an exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War II, from the acclaimed author of Fighting Words, and for fans of Fish in a Tree and Sarah, Plain and Tall.

*COVER MAY VARY*


Mascot By Antony John Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062835635
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Published: HarperCollins - September 3rd, 2019

This witty, heartfelt story about perseverance in the face of adversity is perfect for fans of R. J. Palacio, Cammie McGovern, and John David Anderson. 


Firegirl By Tony Abbott Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316011709
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2007

This poignant novel about a boy's friendship with a burn victim is perfect for fans of R. J. Palacio's Wonder


Cyclone By Doreen Cronin, Debra Sfetsios-Conover (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481435260
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 8th, 2018

Nora’s whole world plummets faster than the Cyclone roller coaster when her cousin Riley falls into a coma that Nora thinks is her fault in this warm, big-hearted debut middle grade novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Doreen Cronin.

Riding the Cyclone, the world famous Coney Island rollercoaster, was supposed to be the highlight of Nora’s summer.


Rules (Scholastic Gold) By Cynthia Lord Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780439443838
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - September 1st, 2008

This Newbery Honor Book is a heartfelt and witty story about feeling different and finding acceptance -- beyond the rules.

Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability.


Rain Reign By Ann M. Martin Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250073976
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Published: Square Fish - January 2nd, 2018

From Newbery Honor author Ann M. Martin, who wrote the Baby-sitters Club series, comes a New York Times-bestselling middle grade novel about a girl, her dog, and the trials of growing up in a complicated and often scary world.


Forget Me Not By Ellie Terry Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250144010
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Published: Square Fish - May 15th, 2018

A girl tries to hide her quirks at a new school in this middle-grade novel from debut author Ellie Terry.


Fish in a Tree By Lynda Mullaly Hunt Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142426425
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - March 28th, 2017

"Fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder will appreciate this feel-good story of friendship and unconventional smarts.” —Kirkus Reviews


The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle By Leslie Connor Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062491459
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 7th, 2020

From the critically acclaimed author of Waiting for Normal and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, Leslie Connor, comes a deeply poignant and beautifully crafted story about self-reliance, redemption, and hope. 


Hello, Universe: A Newbery Award Winner By Erin Entrada Kelly, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Erin Entrada Kelly, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062414168
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 7th, 2020

Winner of the Newbery Medal

“A charming, intriguingly plotted novel.”—Washington Post

Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships.


A Boy Called Bat (The Bat Series #1) By Elana K. Arnold, Charles Santoso (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Elana K. Arnold, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062445834
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Published: Walden Pond Press - March 13th, 2018

The first book in a funny, heartfelt, and irresistible young middle grade series starring an unforgettable young boy on the autism spectrum.


Bat and the Waiting Game (The Bat Series #2) By Elana K. Arnold, Charles Santoso (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Elana K. Arnold, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062445865
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Published: Walden Pond Press - February 26th, 2019

In the tradition of Clementine and Ramona Quimby, meet Bat. Author Elana K. Arnold returns with another irresistible story of friendship in this widely acclaimed series starring an unforgettable boy on the autism spectrum.


Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! By Sarah Kapit Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525554189
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Published: Dial Books - February 25th, 2020

In this perfectly pitched novel-in-letters, autistic eleven-year-old Vivy Cohen won't let anything stop her from playing baseball--not when she has a major-league star as her pen pal.

Vivy Cohen is determined. She's had enough of playing catch in the park. She's ready to pitch for a real baseball team.


The Other Half of Happy: (Middle Grade Novel for Ages 9-12, Bilingual Tween Book) By Rebecca Balcárcel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452169989
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 20th, 2019

2020 Pura Belpré Honor Book
A Junior Library Guild Selection
ALSC Notable Children's Book
2020 Jean Flynn Award for Best Middle Grade Book
2020 Spirit of Texas Reading Program Recommended Title


This immersive and beautifully written novel follows the story of Quijana, a girl in pieces.


The Brave By James Bird Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250247759
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 30th, 2020

Perfect for fans of Rain Reign, this middle-grade novel The Brave is about a boy with an OCD issue and his move to a reservation to live with his biological mother.


Things Seen from Above By Shelley Pearsall Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781524717421
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Published: Yearling - February 9th, 2021

A shift in perspective can change everything.

This brilliant novel from the author of The Seventh Most Important Thing celebrates kids who see the world a little differently.

April is looking for an escape from the sixth-grade lunch hour, which has become a social-scene nightmare, so she signs up to be a "buddy bench monitor" for the fourth graders' recess.


The Great Upending By Beth Kephart Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481491570
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - March 30th, 2021

“[For] readers who love good storytelling and spirited heroines.” —Booklist (starred review)
“[A] gentle, lovely tale of a deeply bonded family, replete with a clever mystery.” —Kirkus Reviews

When a troubled children’s book author moves to their farm, two kids with troubles of their own hatch a scheme to swipe th


The Nest By Kenneth Oppel, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kenneth Oppel, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481432337
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

The Nest leaves a lasting mark on the memory.” —The New York Times Book Review

Steve just wants to save his baby brother—but what will he lose in the bargain?


The Distance between Me and the Cherry Tree By Paola Peretti, Denise Muir (Translated by) Cover Image
By Paola Peretti, Denise Muir (Translated by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781534439634
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

Ten-year-old Mafalda hides the fact that she is going blind from her family and friends in this lyrical, bittersweet debut novel from Italian author Paola Peretti that shows you how to overcome the darkness—even when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

There are a lot of things ten-year-old Mafalda cares a lot about.


Chester and Gus By Cammie McGovern Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062330697
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Published: HarperCollins - March 13th, 2018

Critically acclaimed author Cammie McGovern presents a heartwarming and humorous middle grade novel about the remarkable bond that forms between an aspiring service dog and an autistic boy in need of a friend.


Just My Luck By Cammie McGovern Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062330666
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Published: HarperCollins - March 14th, 2017

Critically acclaimed author Cammie McGovern's powerful and heartwarming middle grade novel will appeal to readers who loved R. J. Palacio's Wonder, Holly Sloan's Counting by 7s, and Lynda Mullaly Hunt's Fish in a Tree. "This brave story, told with wry humor, is inspirational," raved Ann M.


Mighty Mike Bounces Back: A Boy's Life with Epilepsy By Robert Skead, Mike Simmel Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781433810428
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Published: Magination Press - September 15th, 2011

Mike has epilepsy and sometimes its hard to feel like a real kid. He is scared of letting other people know about his diseaseor even worse, being seen having a seizure! He is often worried and afraid of what other people will think. Soon Mike starts playing basketball at his school, and he learns to overcome his worries and to be courageous in the face of obstacles including his epilepsy.


The Notations of Cooper Cameron By Jane O'Reilly Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781541577596
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Published: Lerner Publishing Group - August 6th, 2019

Eleven-year-old Cooper Cameron likes things to be in order. When he eats, he chews every bite three times on each side. Sometimes he washes his hands in the air with invisible water. He invented these rituals after the death of his beloved grandfather to protect others he loves from terrible harm.


Marvin's Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks! (But I Rock It, Big Time) By Raun Melmed, Annette Sexton, Jeff Harvey Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781942934103
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Published: Familius - January 12th, 2016

Meet Marvin, a lovable monster with a twelve-stringed baby fang guitar, a rambunctious case of ADHD, and a diary to record it all. His teachers scold him, his parents don't know what to do with him, and his sister is convinced he was raised by triple-tailed monkeys.


Caterpillar Summer By Gillian McDunn Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781547603145
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - October 6th, 2020

This beautifully written, emotional debut perfect for fans of Lynda Mullaly Hunt or Ali Benjamin tells the story of a girl, her special needs brother, and the summer they will never forget.

"An engaging, honest book." --Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Newbery Honor-winning author of The War That Saved My Life


Squint By Chad Morris, Shelly Brown Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781629726120
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Published: Shadow Mountain - September 3rd, 2019

The hero of my comic books can shoot lasers from his eyes when he squints. But it might not be enough to save the Empress. What he'll need most of all is a friend named Diamond Girl.


Wonderstruck By Brian Selznick, Brian Selznick (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brian Selznick, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780545027892
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 13th, 2011

Don't miss Selznick's other novels in words and pictures, The Invention of Hugo Cabret and The Marvels, which together with Wonderstruck, form an extraordinary thematic trilogy!

In this groundbreaking tour de force, Caldecott Medalist and bookmaking pioneer Brian Selznick sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey.


The Real Boy By Anne Ursu, Erin McGuire (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Anne Ursu, Erin McGuire (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062015082
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Published: Walden Pond Press - February 3rd, 2015

National Book Award Longlist * Bank Street Children's Book Committee Best Book of the Year

"Beautifully written and elegantly structured, this fantasy is as real as it gets."—Franny Billingsley, author of Chime