Special Topics and Award Books

Brave Enough

Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. But that's about to change. Cason has been hiding an injury, and it's much worse than anyone imagines.

   
Brave Enough

Kati Gardner
(Young Adult Fiction - Y)

Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. But that's about to change. Cason has been hiding an injury, and it's much worse than anyone imagines.


YA Disability Pride Month

Shino Can't Say Her Name

High school can be a stressful time for many young people, unfortunately, things go wrong on Shino's first day, she fails to even say her name during her homeroom introduction. Ostracized and afraid she struggles to find her place in this new world.

   
Shino Can't Say Her Name

Shūzō Oshimi
(Manga -)

High school can be a stressful time for many young people, unfortunately, things go wrong on Shino's first day, she fails to even say her name during her homeroom introduction. Ostracized and afraid she struggles to find her place in this new world.


YA Disability Pride Month

Komi Can't Communicate

Socially anxious high school student Shoko Komi would love to make friends, but her shyness is interpreted as reserve, and the other students keep her at a distance.

   
Komi Can't Communicate

Tomohito Oda
(Manga- MANGA Komican v. 1 Oda)

Socially anxious high school student Shoko Komi would love to make friends, but her shyness is interpreted as reserve, and the other students keep her at a distance.


YA Disability Pride Month

The Oracle Code

After a gunshot leaves her paralyzed, Barbara Gordon enters the Arkham Center for Independence, where Gotham's teens undergo physical and mental rehabilitation. Now using a wheelchair, Barbara must adapt to a new normal, but she cannot shake the feeling that something is dangerously amiss.

   
The Oracle Code

Marieke Nijkamp
(Graphic Novels - GN Nijkamp Oracle Code)

After a gunshot leaves her paralyzed, Barbara Gordon enters the Arkham Center for Independence, where Gotham's teens undergo physical and mental rehabilitation. Now using a wheelchair, Barbara must adapt to a new normal, but she cannot shake the feeling that something is dangerously amiss.


YA Disability Pride Month

El Deafo

Starting a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest. At her old school, everyone in Cece's class was deaf. Here she is different. Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in the school. This is power, maybe even superpower. Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, listener for all.

   
El Deafo

Cece Bell
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN 741.5092 Bell Bel)

Starting a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest. At her old school, everyone in Cece's class was deaf. Here she is different. Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in the school. This is power, maybe even superpower. Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, listener for all.


YA Disability Pride Month

Wonderstruck

Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life.

   
Wonderstruck

Brian Selznick
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Selznic)

Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life.


YA Disability Pride Month

The Many Half-lived Lives of Sam Sylvester

An autistic nonbinary teen moves to a new town and school with the support of their loving father and finds friends in an LGBTQ+ club, but they all must come together to solve the decades-old murder of a teenage boy and confront the demons lurking in Sam's past.

   
The Many Half-lived Lives of Sam Sylvester

Maya MacGregor
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Macgreg)

An autistic nonbinary teen moves to a new town and school with the support of their loving father and finds friends in an LGBTQ+ club, but they all must come together to solve the decades-old murder of a teenage boy and confront the demons lurking in Sam's past.


YA Disability Pride Month

The Reckless Kind

It is 1904 and the partially deaf Asta Hedstrom is engaged to Nils, but she does not want to marry him: she would rather spend her time with her best friend Gunnar Fuglestad and his secret boyfriend, Erlend.

   
The Reckless Kind

Carly Heath
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Heath)

It is 1904 and the partially deaf Asta Hedstrom is engaged to Nils, but she does not want to marry him: she would rather spend her time with her best friend Gunnar Fuglestad and his secret boyfriend, Erlend.


YA Disability Pride Month

Sick Kids in Love

Isabel has one rule: no dating. It's easier-it's safer-it's better-for the other person. She's got rheumatoid arthritis. But then she meets another sick kid. He understands what it means to be sick.

   
Sick Kids in Love

Hannah Moskowitz
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Moskowi)

Isabel has one rule: no dating. It's easier-it's safer-it's better-for the other person. She's got rheumatoid arthritis. But then she meets another sick kid. He understands what it means to be sick.


YA Disability Pride Month

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