Special Collections

YA Featuring Characters with Learning Disabilities

Description: This collection of young adult novels feature teens with learning disabilities , such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, and dysgraphia. (These books are suitable for readers ages 13 and up or in grades 8 and up.)

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Probably Still Nick Swanson

by Virginia Euwer Wolff

Sixteen-year-old learning-disabled Nick struggles to endure a life in which the other kids make fun of him, he has to take special classes, his date for the prom makes an excuse not to go with him, and he is haunted by the memory of his older sister, who drowned while he was watching.

Date Added: 02/16/2018

My Name Is Brian

by Jeanne Betancourt

Although he is helped by his new sixth grade teacher after being diagnosed as dyslexic, Brian still has some problems with school and with people he thought were his friends.

Date Added: 02/16/2018

Carter Finally Gets It

by Brent Crawford

In this laugh-out-loud novel about getting through high school, getting the girl, and getting it together, readers join Will Carter as he enters his freshman year in high school.

Date Added: 02/16/2018

My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir

by Samantha Abeel

Samantha Abeel can't tell time, remember her locker combination, or count out change at a checkout counter and she's in seventh grade. For a straight-A student like Samantha, problems like these make no sense.

Date Added: 02/21/2018

Graffiti Moon

by Cath Crowley

Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city.

Date Added: 02/16/2018

Okay for Now

by Gary D. Schmidt

As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him.

Date Added: 02/16/2018

After Ever After

by Jordan Sonnenblick

An amazing sequel to the groundbreaking debut, DRUMS, GIRLS & DANGEROUS PIE. Jeffrey isn't a little boy with cancer anymore. He's a teen who's in remission, but life still feels fragile.

Date Added: 02/16/2018


by Sharon Flake

Award-winning author, Sharon G. Flake, presents a powerful novel about a teen boy and girl, each tackling disabilities. Autumn and Adonis have nothing in common and everything in common. Autumn is outgoing and has lots of friends.

Date Added: 02/16/2018

Close to Famous

by Joan Bauer

Foster McFee dreams of having her own cooking show like her idol, celebrity chef Sonny Kroll. Macon Dillard's goal is to be a documentary filmmaker. Foster's mother Rayka longs to be a headliner instead of a back-up singer. And Miss Charleena plans a triumphant return to Hollywood. Everyone has a dream, but nobody is even close to famous in the little town of Culpepper....

Date Added: 02/16/2018


by Pat Schmatz

Thirteen-year-old Travis has a secret: he can't read.

Date Added: 02/16/2018

Two-Minute Drill

by Mike Lupica

Chris Conlan is the coolest kid in sixth grade, the golden-armed quarterback of the football team and the boy all the others look up to. Scott Parry is the new kid, the boy with the huge brain, but with feet that trip over themselves.

Date Added: 02/16/2018


by Martina Boone

Beautiful Creatures meets The Body Finder in Compulsion, the first novel in a spellbinding new trilogy.All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived with her shut-in mother.

Date Added: 02/16/2018

Fish in a Tree

by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Date Added: 02/16/2018


by Rainbow Rowell

This special edition includes fan art, a ribbon bookmark, a Q&A with the author, and an excerpt from her new book Carry On. In Rainbow Rowell'sFangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Date Added: 02/16/2018

Letters in the Attic

by Bonnie Shimko

Lizzy McMann, A feisty twelve-year-old, lives with her immature mother and Manny, her father (she thinks) in a fleabag Phoenix hotel.

Date Added: 04/11/2018

Six of Crows

by Leigh Bardugo

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz' crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first.

Date Added: 02/16/2018

The Self-Help Guide for Teens with Dyslexia: Useful Stuff You May Not Learn at School

by Alais Winton

As Alais Winton knows, having dyslexia doesn't mean you're not bright; like her, you might just need a different way of looking at things.

Date Added: 03/08/2018

Looking For Heroes: One Boy, One Year, 100 Letters

by Aidan A. Colvin and Liisa S. Ogburn

An estimated 13 million students in the United States have dyslexia, a neurologic disorder that impairs reading. Reading quickly and accurately is often the key to success in school. Without it, many dyslexics struggle and fail. Some, however, go on to achieve wild success.

Date Added: 03/08/2018

Crooked Kingdom

by Leigh Bardugo

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives...

Date Added: 02/16/2018

Dying to Know You

by Aidan Chambers

A teenager discovers his voice in this contemporary love story from “one of young adult literature’s greatest living writers” (Booklist).

Date Added: 04/11/2018

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