Ability Diverse

Check out these stories of these differently-abled teens overcoming obstacles.

Dangerous by Shannon Hale
When aspiring astronaut Maisie Danger Brown, who was born without a right hand, and the other space camp students get the opportunity to do something amazing in space, Maisie must prove how dangerous she can be and how far she is willing to go to protect everything she has ever loved.

Run by Kody Keplinger
Bo Dickinson is a seventeen-year-old girl from a bad family, but she is also over-protected, legally blind, Agnes Atwood’s best friend– so when Bo calls in the middle of the night, desperate to get out of town, Agnes helps her to steal the Atwoods’ car and the two girls go on the run, even though Agnes is not sure exactly what they are running from.

Stepping Out by Laura Langston
Using humor to cope with her club foot, Paige Larsson has become a popular Internet video personality, but she must come out of her comfort zone when asked to perform live for a fundraiser for her school’s performing arts department.

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
Parker Grant doesn’t need 20/20 vision to see right through you. Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances– just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart.

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

Drowned by Nichola Reilly
Struggling with a physical disability on an unwelcoming island that is subject to strong tides, Coe is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides attending a dying king who is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
A London teenager who is blind and her younger brother travel to New York to find their missing father, using clues from his notebook.

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
Finn Easton, sixteen and epileptic, struggles to feel like more than just a character in his father’s cult-classic novels with the help of his best friend, Cade Hernandez, and first love, Julia, until Julia moves away.

Whisper by Chris Struyk-Bonn
Whisper, a teen girl with a cleft palate, is forced to survive in a world that is hostile to those with disfigurements or disabilities.

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Ollie, who has seizures when near electricity, lives in a backwoods cabin with his mother and rarely sees other people, and Moritz, born with no eyes and a heart defect that requires a pacemaker, is bullied at his high school, but when a physician who knows both suggests they begin corresponding, they form a strong bond that may get them through dark times.

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
In India, a girl who excels at Bharatanatyam dance refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident.

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