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Young Adults Literature and Disability

Student13 Member Posts: 1 Listener
edited May 2018 in Education
I have a son with cerebral palsy who is now 33, and have worked with young children all my life.
I am now doing an MA in Children's Literature and am looking at researching disability in young adults novels for my dissertation.
While there seem to be quite a few authors in the USA who have written books with disabled characters, I am having more difficulty finding British authors. Also, there appears to be more books that target younger children than in the teen reading section.
If anyone can offer me any information or names of books they have read or know about I would be very grateful.


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  • Pippa_Alumni
    Pippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,798 Disability Gamechanger
    edited May 2018
    Hi @Student13, and welcome!

    I'm a big reader of YA lit myself, so I've been having a think. Off the top of my head I can recall Truth or Dare by Non Pratt, Flying Tips for Flightless Birds by Kelly McCaughrain, A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard (a wonderful read!) and Notes on my Family by Emily Critchley, although the MC's disability is never diagnosed or explicitly mentioned in this last one. I've blogged about some of these (and others) on my website, in case it's of any use!

    Hopefully our community members will have some other suggestions for you too. All the best for your research, it sounds really interesting!


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