I was the project leader in the UK for the 2019 list. Brave includes a character with a leg brace and arm crutches periodically through the book. The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos. Thank you! These characters are never defined as disabled, but they are misfits, which I thought many kids could relate to. YA Novels with Special Needs Characters This is a list for books that highlight a main character who has special needs, such as autism, deafness, blindness, MS, CF - we so seldom see these characters in mainstream fiction and we should highlight when we see it. But finding a romance where the characters are not perfect and have difficulties that make life hard are harder to find. Unfortunately, it's tough to find books that feature disabled and/or neurodiverse characters in the first place. From the book: “She’s a lot like a princess. As a young soldier, Joe lost his arms, legs, and face in a horrific explosion, but retained all his mental faculties. Close. I think that’s because authors and publishers think that mobility impairments are easier to represent, and easier to understand, than other disabilities. Really good list One of my favorite books with a disabled character is Borderline about a girl who lost her leg when she jumped off a building. From the inimitable mind of Madeleine Ryan, an outspoken advocate for neurodiversity, A Room Called... Wonder. Feature characters who are valuable and successful outside the gaze of a male/white/non-disabled kyriarchy. Other disabled characters attract more of our sympathy. It allows disabled readers to see characters like themselves in fiction, validating their existence. Megan Quibell AKA TheBookAddictedGirl has never read a book with a physically disabled character as a … Archives
Kerima Cevik said it best in her interview with intersected: “If it weren’t for their children’s disabilities, some of the parents and grandparents involved in autism activism would never associate with intersected populations and that bigotry erupts on the skin of the autism community like clinical acne. ‘Real Friends‘ – In this graphic novel/semi-memoir, the protagonist has OCD, which is mentioned a couple times, but doesn’t define the character. Fish in a Tree: The main character Ally, has dyslexia. The entire book is free to those with a Kindle Unlimited membership and the first 6-plus chapters are free to preview. These books include characters that happen have various disabilities. Obviously, that doesn't mean they aren't out there and knowing myself like I do I wouldn't be surprised if one came to me in the middle of the night or in the shower or something. Hi! Read Harder: A Book With a Main Character or Protagonist With a Disability The Pretty One by Keah Brown. 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