Reviews by Tag: disabilities

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Cover photo of the book Wonder


By R.J. Palacio

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Aug 8, 2023

R.J. Palacio’s Wonder is a story about 10-year-old August Pullman with a genetically different facial appearance. He goes to a public school for the first time and encounters many conflicts. As soon as Auggie walks in on his first day he is flooded with many stares. People try to stay away from him, which makes Auggie feel not accepted by his peers. Two students named Jack and Summer do become friends with Auggie. The book follows Auggie’s journey through school and the ups and downs of his life.

Teen Review
The First Thing About You by Chaz Hayden

The First Thing About You

By Chaz Hayden
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Anna S.
Aug 29, 2022

Harris has spinal muscular atrophy which requires him to have a wheelchair and
have a nurse always by his side at school. Harris and his family have recently moved
from California to Vermont, which is making it hard to find a new nurse for Harris. All
of the sudden, Miranda, a nursing student who went to Harris’ school, comes into their
life. Miranda is a natural when it comes to caring for Harris and she is hired very
quickly. Everything is going great. Miranda is helping Harris get a girl named Nory at

Teen Review
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You

By Jojo Moyes
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Taylor E.
Mar 15, 2022

Me Before You is the first novel in a series of the same name by Jojo Moyes. Louisa Clark is desperate for a job, so she becomes the companion of a wealthy disabled man, Will, even though he despises her presence. Louisa and Will soon learn to get along, but Louisa is shocked when she learns of Will's plans for his life. Although she wants to leave Will before she gets hurt, Louisa makes it her mission to show Will that life is worth living.

Teen Review
Maybe We're Electric by Val Emmich

Maybe We're Electric

By Val Emmich
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Marium K.
Nov 18, 2021

During a strong snowstorm, two high schoolers, Teagan and Mac, coincidentally seek shelter and spend the night at the Thomas Edison Museum. Both teens are totally different, and live separate lives. Teagan, lives with a disability, while Mac lives as a popular guy in his school. Does romance bloom between them? Read more to find out!

Teen Review
The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp

The Oracle Code

By Marieke Nijkamp
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Lisa J.
Sep 8, 2021

After teenage hacker extraordinaire Barbara Gordon is paralyzed by a gunshot wound, her father sends her to the Arkham Center for Independence, or ACI. There, she will undergo rehabilitation, as well as adapt to her new lifestyle. However, something’s just not right about the ACI. Strange sounds can be heard at night, and patients start to go missing one by one. After her new friend disappears, Barbara vows to solve the puzzle of her new home — before it’s too late.

Teen Review

The Running Dream

By Wendelin Van Draanen

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Olivia from Leawood Pioneer Library YAAC
May 16, 2016

When Jessica loses her leg in a car accident, she thinks her life is over, she is told she will never be able to run again. As she struggles to cope with crutches and a new prosthetic, she befriends a girl with cerebral palsy named Rosa. With the support of her friends and family, she may be able to find a way to run again. But now, not only does she want to cross finish lines herself, she wants to take Rosa with her.

Staff Review

A Time to Dance

By Padma Venkatraman

Rated by Library Staff (not verified)
Mar 5, 2015

Veda lives in India and is a classical (Bharatanatyam) dancer. She lives and breathes dance, has for as long as she can remember. She plans to make dancing her career, despite her mother continually pushing her toward engineering. She is amazingly talented and has just won first place in a major competition. After the competition, the bus taking the competitors back home crashes. She wakes in the hospital with her right leg missing below the knee. Talk about a strong female protagonist! This girl simply will not give up!

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