Stories about Special Needs

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  • Al Capone Does My Homework

    Al Capone Does My Homework

    Gennifer Cholodenko (J Chol)

    Eighth-grader, Moose Flanagan, lives on Alcatraz  Island, where his father is a warden at the prison housing the infamous Al Capone.  When there is a fire in Moose’s apartment, Moose deals with its effects on his autistic sister, Natalie, and gets caught up in a scheme with the prison cons while trying to solve the mystery of the fire.  (the 3rd book in a best-selling series) (autism)

  • Wonderstruck

    Brian Selznick (J Selz)

    A single story of two mysterious and wonder-filled journeys of children on the run – that of Ben (Minnesota, 1977) and Rose (Hoboken, 1927). One story is told in words, the other in pictures, until their stories combine in this award-winning masterpiece. (deafness)

  • Liar & Spy

    Rebecca Stead (J Stea)

    Georges and his family have been downsized to a New York apartment where he meets the quirky and unusual Safer. Short, but thought provoking, Liar & Spy touches many topics common to middle school students - lying, bullying, economic downturn, friendship, illness, and family life.(phobias)

  • May B.

    May B.

    Caroline Starr Rose (J Rose)

    In Kansas' early days as a state, there is no help in the prairie schools for a girl with what will later become known as dyslexia. Nor is there help for a farmer whose spring wheat crop has failed. Both will affect young May B. Written in easy-reading verse, this is a powerful story of courage, strength, and perseverance. (dyslexia)

  • The Boy On The Porch

    Sharon Creech (J Cree)

    John and Marta find a boy on their porch with no belongings other than a note, “Pleese taik kair of Jacob. He is a god good boy. Wil be bak wen we can.” As the days and weeks wear on, they slowly begin to love the unusual boy who does not speak but communicates volumes. (mutism)

  • Out Of My Mind

    Out Of My Mind

    Sharon Draper (J Drap)

    Melody is an 11 year-old girl in the 5th grade; she is smart, funny, and so much more, but no one knows that because she can’t talk, write, walk or take care of herself. However, with help, Melody is given the tools to communicate, but is the world ready to finally hear what she has to say? (cerebral palsy)

  • Kevin Keeps Up

    Kevin Keeps Up

    Ann Whitehead Nagda (J Nagd)

    Kevin survives daily school activities while coping with ADHD. His sense of humor and supportive classmates help him survive Beezer the Buzzard, a substitute teacher who shows no understanding of Kevin’s condition. (ADHD)

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