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Middle Grade Novels Featuring Characters with Learning Disabilities

Description: Each novel in this collection is geared towards middle grade readers and features a characters with a learning disability, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, and dysgraphia. (Ages 8-12 or Grades 3-7)

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Just Juice

by Karen Hesse

Juice lives with her Pa and Ma and her four sisters way out in the hills. Pa gets a letter saying the town has sold their house. But family has one last chance to pay back taxes they owe. Where will they ever find the money to get their house back?

Date Added: 02/21/2018

The Vicar of Nibbleswicke

by Roald Dahl

The vicar's speech impediment leads to holy hysteria in an otherwise quiet country parish.

Date Added: 02/21/2018

Chuck Close, Up Close

by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

A biography of the revisionist artist who achieved prominence in the late 1960s for enormous, photographically realistic, black and white portraits of himself and his friends.

Date Added: 02/21/2018

Freak the Mighty

by Rodman Philbrick

Two boys - a slow learner stuck in the body of a teenage giant and a tiny Einstein in leg braces - forge a unique friendship when they pair up to create one formidable human force. (Made into the film, The Mighty. )

Date Added: 02/21/2018

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

The Flunking of Joshua T. Bates

by Susan Shreve

Joshua is devastated to learn that he must repeat third grade.

Date Added: 02/21/2018

May B.

by Caroline Starr Rose

I've known it since last night:It's been too long to expect them to return. Something's happened.May is helping out on a neighbor's Kansas prairie homestead--just until Christmas, says Pa.

Date Added: 03/12/2018


by Patricia Reilly Giff

Sam is almost 11 when he discovers a locked box in the attic above his grandfather Mack's room, and a piece of paper that says he was kidnapped. There are lots of other words, but Sam has always had trouble reading.

Date Added: 02/21/2018

Do Bananas Chew Gum?

by Jamie Gilson and Michael Garland

Sam has made it most of the way through sixth grade, barely able to read and write, but now Sam's family have moved again and he is faced with the prospect of attending a new school. How long will he be able to keep his problem secret?

Date Added: 03/08/2018

Adam Zigzag

by Barbara Barrie

Adam Brody is a lucky kid -- he can sing and play the guitar; he's bright, popular, and good-looking. But none of these things can help Adam read. He's severely dyslexic. When he looks at a page, letters and numbers zigzag all over the place.

Date Added: 03/08/2018

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: 02/21/2018

The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

Date Added: 02/21/2018

Fish in a Tree

by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Date Added: 02/21/2018

The Junkyard Wonders

by Patricia Polacco

When young Trisha finds out her class at the new school is known as "The Junkyard," she is devastated.

Date Added: 02/21/2018

Thank You, Mr. Falker

by Patricia Polacco

Patricia Polacco's bestselling book--with over 400,000 copies sold--Thank You, Mr. Falker celebrates what a good teacher can be.

Date Added: 02/21/2018

Waiting for Normal

by Leslie Connor

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.

Date Added: 02/28/2018

Dyslexia is My Superpower (Most of the Time)

by Margaret Rooke and Catherine Drennan and Loyle Carner

In more than 100 interviews, children and young adults reveal their personal tips and tactics for honing the creative benefits of dyslexia, enabling them to thrive in school and beyond. Strategies include ways to develop confidence and self-belief.

Date Added: 02/21/2018

Silent Days, Silent Dreams

by Allen Say

James Castle was born two months premature on September 25, 1899, on a farm in Garden Valley, Idaho. He was deaf, mute, autistic and probably dyslexic. He didn't walk until he was four; he would never learn to speak, write, read or use sign language.

Date Added: 02/21/2018

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

by Leslie Connor

From the critically acclaimed author of Waiting for Normal and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, Leslie Connor, comes a deeply poignant and beautifully crafted story about self-reliance, redemption, and hope.

Date Added: 02/21/2018

Snow Lane

by Josie Angelini

By turns harrowing and heartbreaking, this middle-grade novel tells a story of a family of nine kids and one very dark secret.Fifth grader Annie is just like every other girl in her small suburban town.

Date Added: 02/27/2018

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