Disabilities (Grades 4-6)

Blume, Lesley M.M.  The Wondrous Journals of Dr. Wendell Wellington Wiggins: Describing the Most Curious, Fascinating, Sometimes Gruesome, and Seemingly Impossible Creatures that Roamed the World Before Us.  J FIC Blume
Presents the journal of a paleozoologist who departed England in 1850 on a journey around the world seeking to learn the ways and fates of the most ancient creatures, accompanied by a strange pet, Gibear, and with the chiding voice of his mother often in his ear.

Burnett, Frances Hodgson.  Secret Garden.  J Fic Burnett
Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.

Byars, Betsy Cromer.  Summer of the Swans.  J Fic Byars
A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.

Cassedy, Sylvia.  M.E. and Morton.  J Fic Cassedy
Eleven-year-old Mary Ella, ashamed that her older brother Morton is a slow learner and longing for a friend of her own, is astonished when the flamboyant new girl on the block picks Morton for a friend.

Clifford, Eth.  Man Who Sang in the Dark.  J Fic Clifford
Ten-year-old Leah, her young brother, and their recently widowed mother begin forging a new life for themselves through friendship with a blind man and the other inhabitants of their boarding house in Philadelphia during the Depression.

Cookson, Catherine.  Go Tell It to Mrs. Golightly. J Fic Cookson
A blind girl who is sent to stay with her grandfather stumbles upon a kidnapping in their small town.

Dorris, Michael.  Sees Behind Trees.  J Fic Dorris
A Native American boy with a special gift to “see” beyond his poor eyesight journeys with an old warrior to a land of mystery and beauty.

Eyerly, Jeanette.  Seeing Summer.  J Fic Eyerly
After her initial shock, Carey adjusts to having a blind playmate and takes it upon herself to locate her friend when she is kidnapped.

First, Julia.  Absolute, Ultimate End. J Fic First
Eighth-grader Maggie’s new friendship with a blind girl leads her to fear for the continuation of her school’s programs for the handicapped when the school board threatens major cutbacks.

Gilson, Jamie.  Do Bananas Chew Gum? J Fic Gilson
Able to read and write at only a second grade level, sixth-grader Sam Mott considers himself dumb until he is prompted to cooperate with those who think something can be done about his problem.

Gould, Marilyn.  Golden Daffodils. J Fic Gould
Wishing for a miracle to make her perfect and normal, a fifth grader with cerebral palsy transfers from a special school to a regular classroom.

Gould, Marilyn. Twelfth Of June.   J Fic Gould
Twelve-year-old Janis copes with her cerebral palsy and her changing feelings for her good friend Barney as he approaches his bar mitzvah.

Greenwald, Sheila.  Will the Real Gertrude Hollings Please Stand Up?  J Fic Greenwald
An eleven-year-old child with a learning disability spends several weeks with an overachieving cousin.  They learn a lot about themselves and each other.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson.  Because of Anya.  J Fic Haddix
While ten-year-old Anya faces the difficulties of losing her hair to alopecia, her classmate Keely learns how to stand up for what she knows right.

Heide, Florence Parry.  Secret Dreamer, Secret Dreams.  J Fic Heide
Reveals the inner world of a 13-year-old mentally handicapped girl.

Hermes, Patricia.  Who Will Take Care of Me? J Fic Hermes
Terrified that the death of the grandmother who was their guardian will separate them, twelve-year-old Mark decides to run away with his retarded younger brother.

Howard, Ellen.  Circle of Giving. J Fic Howard
When twelve-year-old Marguerite moves to Los Angeles in the late 1920s, she suddenly becomes shy, withdrawn, and ill at ease with other children until a girl with cerebral palsy moves in across the street.

Janover, Caroline.  How Many Days Until Tomorrow?  J Fic Janover
Sequel to: Josh, a boy with dyslexia.  Josh, who has dyslexia, spends the summer on an island off the coast of Maine and finds that he has much to prove to his gruff grandfather and his older brother.

Janover, Caroline.  Josh : A Boy With Dyslexia.  J Fic Janover
Josh struggles to live down the stigma of his learning disability, dyslexia, and receive both respect and friendship from his peers. Includes information on the characteristics of dyslexia and a list of organizations that deal with learning disabilities.

Kehret, Peg.  My Brother Made Me Do It.  J Fic Kehret
In letters to an elderly pen pal, eleven-year-old Julie describes how her mischievous younger brother is always getting her in trouble, how she is dealing with painful juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and how she struggles to finish a fund-raising race on crutches.

King-Smith, Dick.  Spider Sparrow.  J FIc King-Smith
Spider, a baby abandoned on an English farm, grows up to be mentally slower than other children but manifests a remarkable talent for communicating with animals as he comes of age during World War II.

Konigsburg, E. L.  View from Saturday.  J Fic Konigsburg
Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

Levinson, Marilyn.  And Don’t Bring Jeremy.  J Fic Levinson
New in the neighborhood and eager to be part of a new crowd, sixth-grader Adam finds it difficult to come to terms with the needs of his older brother who suffers from a learning disability and often seems younger than Adam himself.

Little, Jean.  Take Wing. J Fic Little
When Mother is hospitalized, everyone in the Ross household must finally face the long ignored problem that seven-year-old James is not a baby, a slow learner, or lazy, but mentally retarded.

Martin, Ann M.  Yours Turly, Shirley. J Fic Martin
Shirley, a fourth-grader with dyslexia, struggles with her feelings of inferiority as she compares herself to her intellectually gifted older brother and newly adopted Vietnamese sister.

Pollock, Penny.  Keeping It Secret. J Fic Pollock
Sixth-grader Wisconsin, also known as Mary Lou, has difficulty adjusting to a new school in a new town, where she is reluctant to admit she wears a hearing aid.

Rabe, Bernice.  Margaret’s Moves. J Fic Rabe
Nine-year-old Margaret, confined to a wheelchair by spina bifida, longs for a new, lightweight “sportsmodel” chair so that she can speed around as fast as the athletic brother with whom she has an ongoing rivalry.

Riskind, Mary.  Apple Is My Sign. J Fic Riskind
A 10-year-old boy returns to his parents’ apple farm for the holidays after his first term at a school for the deaf in Philadelphia.

Roos, Stephen.  Gypsies Never Came. J Fic Roos
Sixth-grader Augie Knapp, who has a deformed hand, is convinced by Lydie Rose, the strange new girl in town, that the gypsies are coming for him.

Shyer, Marlene Fanta.  Welcome Home Jellybean. J Fic Shyer
Neil’s life turns upside down when his parents take his retarded sister out of an institution and bring her home to stay.

Slepian, Jan.  Risk n’ Roses.  J Fic Slepian
In 1948, newly-moved to the Bronx, eleven-year-old Skip longs to shed her responsibility for her mentally handicapped older sister and give her whole attention to her new friendship with the bold and daring girl who sems to run the neighborhood.

Taylor, Theodore.  The Cay.  Y PB T
When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, a twelve-year-old white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old Negro are stranded on a small desert island in the Caribbean where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.

Testa, Maria. Thumbs Up, Rico!” J Fic Testa
In three separate stories, a boy with Down syndrome makes a new friend, helps his sister with a difficult decision, and finally draws a picture he likes.

Teague, Sam.  King of Heart’s Heart.  J Fic Teague
Aspiring to make the varsity track team thirteen-year-old Harold neglects his brain-damaged friend Billy, until a crisis leads him to transfer his dreams of championship to Billy.

Thompson, Mary.  My Brother, Matthew.  PTS J Fic Thompson
Though David knows frustration and resentment at times, he feels he understands his disabled little brother even better than his parents; and together the two boys experience a great deal of joy.

Wilson, Nancy Hope. Reason for Janey.  J Fic Wilson
Philly’s life changes greatly when, after her parents’ divorce, her mother takes in Janey, a retarded adult, to live with them.

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