One of the trends in middle grade fiction today is to include a character with a disability. I realized I’ve been doing it in my own writing, almost without realizing it. Beatrice in Car Guts has a stutter and some of the characters in my upcoming novels have disabilities like kleptomania, autism, and homelessness.
Here is my pick for some of the best middle grade novels with characters who have disabilities:
For some reason, when you’re assigned to read something in school, you can’t like it, not matter how hard you try. And that’s a shame, because the books they choose for students are generally the good ones – timeless classics that should be cherished. But when something involves homework and essays and memorizing, you are blinded.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Islands of Chaldea is certainly a book to remember. Our main character, Aileen, is a young girl from a long line of wise women, only she doesn’t feel that she’s terribly wise. We follow her rollicking journey to find a lost prince and are joined by one delightful character after the next. They’re all so enjoyable, you find yourself liking them all, even the ones you aren’t supposed to like.