Disability & Mental Health

Darius The Great Is Not Okay

Darius The Great Is Not Okay

Author: Adib Khorram

Description: Darius The Great Is Not Okay is a contemporary novel about a biracial white and Iranian boy who lives with depression. The story centers around his first trip to visit his family in Iran and the friendship he builds with a boy there.

Includes: #ownvoices #maleprotagonist #LGBTQIA #biracial #asianamerican #iranian #mentalhealth #depression

Citation: Khorram, A. (2018). Darius The Great Is Not Okay. Dial Books.

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Far From You

Far From You

Author: Tess Sharpe

Description: Far From You is a contemporary murder mystery. It follows a girl with a physical disability resulting from a car crash who is in recovery from a drug addiction and whose friend was murdered.

Includes: #mentalhealth #disability #addiction #femaleprotagonist #chronicpain #mobilityissues #LGBTQIA

Citation: Sharpe, T. (2014).Far From You. Indigo.

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For A Muse of Fire

For A Muse of Fire

Author: Heidi Heilig

Description: For A Muse of Fire is a fantasy novel about girl with Bipolar Disorder who has the ability to bind the souls of the recently departed to the puppets she works with as a puppeteer. The story follows her as she gets mixed up in royal intrigue and adventure. The story is based on Asian folklore and French colonialism.

Includes: #ownvoices #mentalhealth #bipolar #asianamerican #asian #fantasy #magic #femaleprotagonist

Citation:Heilig, H. (2018). For A Muse of Fire. Greenwillow Books.

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Fragile Like Us

Fragile Like Us

Author: Sara Barnard

Description: Fragile Like Us is a contemporary story about female friendships and platonic love. It centers around three girls, two of whom have been friends their whole lives, and one whom they have just met. This story deals with mental health issues, trauma, abuse, and bipolar disorder.

Includes: #femalprotagonist #mentalhealth #trauma #abuse #bipolar

Citation: Barnard, S. (2018). Fragile Like Us. Simon Pulse.

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Marcelo in the Real World

Marcelo and the Real World

Author: Francisco X. Stork

Description: Marcelo in The Real World is a contemporary novel about a boy with Autism. It follows his experience working at his dad’s legal firm during the summer between his junior and senior year of high school.

Includes: #maleprotagonist #disability #autism #contemporary

Citation: Stork, M. X. (2009). Marcelo In The Real World. Arthur A. Levine Books.

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Run

Run

Author: Kody Keplinger

Description: Run is a contemporary novel with alternating perspectives between two girls. Both girls have been put into boxes by their peers and everyone thinks they know who these girls truly are: One girl has a reputation for being a wild child and the other is legally blind. This book, by a blind author, follows their adventure of running away from their community together.

Includes: #ownvoices #femaleprotagonist #disability #blind #LGBTQIA #bisexual #contemporary

Citation: Keplinger, K. (2016). Run. Scholastic Press.

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Six of Crows

Six Of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Description: Six of Crows is an adventure story with five main characters, two of whom live with disabilities and mental health issues that include chronic pain and trauma.

Includes: #disability #chronicpain #trauma #magic #fantasy #femaleprotagonist #maleprotagonist

Citation: Badugo, L. (2015). Six of Crows. Henry Holt and Company.

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That's Not What Happened

That’s Not What happened

Author: Kody Keplinger

Description: That’s Not What Happened is a contemporary novel about the six surviving witnesses of a school shooting. The story picks up three years after the shooting and tracks the ways in which memory and perspective have clouded the story of what actually happened. Through a series of letters from each witness, the protagonist’s understanding of the shooting becomes more complex. This is a book about trauma, the influence of the media, and about the ways in which memory is not always accurate. This book includes a blind character and was written by a blind author.

Includes: #ownvoices #disability #blind #LGBTQIA #asexual #femaleprotagonist #contemporary #trauma #schoolshootings

Citation: Keplinger, K. (2018). That’s Not What Happened. Scholastic Press.

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The State of Grace

The State of Grace

Author: Rachael Lucas

Description: The State of Grace is a contemporary novel about a girl with Aspergers Syndrome. She has always felt content with her best friend and her horse but everything changes when she has her first kiss and problems arise at home. She has to make sense of her new reality and fix the things that are going wrong in her life.

Includes: #disability #autism #aspergers #femaleprotagonist #contemporary

Citation: Lucas, R. (2017). The State of Grace. Macmillan Children’s Books.

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Unbroken: 13 Stories Staring Disabled Teens

Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens

Editor: Marieke Nijkamp

Description: Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens is a collection of short stories by well known young adult authors with physical disabilities, chronic pain, and or mental health issues. The stories include a multitude of genres.

Includes: #disability #mentalhealth

Citation: Nijkamp, M. (2018). Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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