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2014

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

by Bryant, Jen and Sweet, Melissa

As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: He loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor. He loved looking at something in the room and making it come alive again in front of him.

Handbook for Dragon Slayers

by Haskell, Merrie

Tilda has never given much thought to dragons, attending instead to her endless duties and wishing herself free of a princesss responsibilities.

Rose Under Fire

by Wein, Elizabeth E.

Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War.

2013

A Dog Called Homeless

by Lean, Sarah

My name is Cally Louise Fisher and I haven't spoken for thirty-one days. Talking doesn't always make things happen, however much you want them to. When Cally Fisher sees her dead mother, real as anything, no one believes her. So Cally stops talking - what's the point if no one is listening?

Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am

by Lerangis, Peter and Mazer, Harry

A soldier returns home from Iraq forever changed in this poignant and pivotal novel from award-winning authors-one a veteran.Ben lives a charmed life--effortlessly landing the lead in the high school musical, dating the prettiest girl in school.

2012

Close to Famous

by Bauer, Joan

A novel full of heart, humor, and charm from Newbery Honor winner Joan Bauer! When twelve-year-old Foster and her mother land in the tiny town of Culpepper, they don't know what to expect. But folks quickly warm to the woman with the great voice and the girl who can bake like nobody's business.

Wonderstruck

by Selznick, Brian

From Brian Selznick, the creator of the Caldecott Medal winner THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, comes another breathtaking tour de force. Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick once again sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey.

The Running Dream

by Draanen, Wendelin Van

Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?

2011

The Pirate of Kindergarten

by Lyon, George Ella

Ages 4-8 Summary: Ginny's eyes play tricks on her, making her see everything double, but when she goes to vision screening at school and discovers that not everyone sees this way, she learns that her double vision can be cured.

After Ever After

by Sonnenblick, Jordan

Jeffrey isn't a little boy with cancer anymore. He's a teen in remission. Even though the cancer should be far behind him, life still feels fragile.

Five Flavors of Dumb

by John, Antony

The 2011 Schneider Family Teen Book Award! The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig. The Deal: If she does it, Piper becomes the band's manager gets a share of the profits. But: Piper is Deaf.

2010

Django: World's Greatest Jazz Guitarist

by Christensen, Bonnie

Born into extreme poverty in a gypsy encampment, Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) overcame tremendous obstacles, including a debilitating injury, to become the world's most acclaimed jazz guitarist.

Anything But Typical

by Baskin, Nora Raleigh

Jason Blake is an autistic 12-year-old living in a neurotypical world. Most days it's just a matter of time before something goes wrong.

Marcelo in the Real World

by Stork, Francisco X.

Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mail room of a corporate law firm.

2009

Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum

by Parker, Robert Andrew

Regardless of whether they've heard of jazz or Art Tatum, young readers will appreciate how Parker uses simple, lyrical storytelling and colorful and energetic ink-and-wash illustrations to show the world as young Art Tatum might have seen it.

Waiting for Normal

by Connor, Leslie

Addie is waiting for normal. But Addie's mom has an all-or-nothing approach to life: a food fiesta or an empty pantry, jubilation or gloom, her way or no way. All or nothing never adds up to normal.

Jerk, California

by Friesen, Jonathan

Plagued by Tourette's syndrome and a stepfather who despises him, Sam meets an old man in his small Minnesota town who sends him on a road trip designed to help him discover the truth about his life.

2008

Kami and the Yaks

by Stryer, Andrea Stenn

In the Himalaya Mountains of Nepal, a deaf Sherpa boy proves himself to his family by rescuing the family's yaks.

Reaching for Sun

by Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn

Josie Wyatt knows what it means to be different. Her family's small farmhouse seems to shrink each time another mansion grows up behind it. She lives with her career-obsessed mom and opinionated Gran, but has never known her father.

Hurt Go Happy

by Rorby, Ginny

Thirteen-year-old Joey Willis is used to being left out of conversations. Though she's been deaf since the age of six, Joey's mother has never allowed her to learn sign language.

2007

The Deaf Musicians

by Seeger, Pete and Jacobs, Paul Dubois

Lee, a jazz pianist, has to leave his band when he begins losing his hearing, but he meets a deaf saxophone player in a sign language class and together they form a snazzy new band.

Rules

by Lord, Cynthia

12-year-old Catherine has spent years trying to teach her autistic brother, David, the rules. But when she meets Jason and Kristi over the summer, it is her own behavior that turns everything upside down. A Newbery Honor Book.

Small Steps

by Sachar, Louis

"Three years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is trying hard to keep his life on track." Working for a landscaper, he's doing well, until a buddy from the camp comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme.

2006

Dad, Jackie, and Me

by Uhlberg, Myron

Jackie Robinson is the new first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers--and the first black player in Major League Baseball. A young boy shares the excitement of Robinson's rookie season with his deaf father.

Tending To Grace

by Fusco, Kimberly Newton

Cornila goes to stay at her reclusive Aunt's farm, after her mother abandons her. She learns many things about herself while there.

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