Neurodiverse Characters: Books for Intermediate Readers

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


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.


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.


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.


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)


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 London Eye Mystery By Siobhan Dowd Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780385751841
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Published: Yearling - May 26th, 2009

A five-star mystery now in paperback!


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


The Boy with the Butterfly Mind By Victoria Williamson Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781782506003
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Published: Kelpies - November 5th, 2019

Jamie Lee just wants to be normal but his ADHD isn't making it easy. If only he could control his butterfly mind he'd have friends, be able to keep out of trouble and he could live with his mom, not be sent to stay with his dad.


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.


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.


Mockingbird By Kathryn Erskine Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142417751
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Published: Puffin Books - February 3rd, 2011

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


The Wild Book By Margarita Engle Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780544022751
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Published: Clarion Books - January 7th, 2014

"The idea of a wild book on which to let words sprout is one that should speak to those with reading difficulties and to aspiring poets as well." —School Library Journal