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Recommendations Round-up: Differing Abilities

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Each month, we publish a list of recommendations related to our current theme for further reading. These recommendations are sourced from the DBC community.

Thank you for such excellent suggestions for our November 2017 theme of differing abilities! Overall, we received 54 unique recommendations: 38 fiction and 16 nonfictionThe most common topic was autism

I've compiled the titles here by type, then by fiction and nonfiction. Asterisks mark our selections for the month! What will you add to your TBR? 


Nonfiction (8)

  • No Excuses: A Memoir, by Derrick Coleman
  • The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family, by Josh Hanagarne
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism, by Naoki Higashida
  • Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism, by Naoki Higashida
  • Deformed: My Remarkable Life, by Valerie Pepe
  • Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's, by John Elder Robison
  • The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius, by Gail Saltz
  • The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, by Simon Winchester

Young Adult

Fiction (9)

  • One Plus One Equals Blue, by Mary Jane Auch
  • What to Say Next, by Julie Buxbaum
  • On the Edge of Gone, by Corinne Duyvis
  • Viral Nation, by Shaunta Grimes
  • Accidents of Nature, by Harriet McBryde Johnson
  • Not If I See You First, by Eric Lindstrom
  • Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • Love and First Sight, by Josh Sundquist*
  • Stuck in Neutral, by Terry Trueman

Middle Grade

Nonfiction (1)

  • Ugly: My Memoir, by Robert Hoge

Fiction (11)

  • Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, by Dusti Bowling
  • Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper
  • Mockingbird, by Kathryn Erskine
  • Absolutely Almost, by Lisa Graff
  • Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Rules, by Cynthia Lord
  • Rain Reign, by Ann M. Martin
  • A Mango-Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass
  • Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
  • Freak the Mighty, by Rodman Philbrick
  • M is for Autism, by The Students of Limpsfield Grange School

Graphic Novels

Nonfiction (1)

  • El Deafo, by Cece Bell*

Fiction (1)

  • Skateboard Sonar, by Eric Stevens

Picture Books

Nonfiction (6)

  • The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin, by Julia Finley Mosca*
  • It's Okay to Be Different, by Todd Parr
  • A Boy and a Jaguar, by Alan Rabinowitz*
  • I'm Here, by Peter H. Reynolds
  • Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, by Laurie Anne Thompson
  • Miss Little's Gift, by Douglas Wood*

Fiction (6)

  • My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay, by Cari Best
  • Hello Goodbye Dog, by Maria Gianferrari*
  • Zoom!, by Robert Munsch
  • We're All Wonders, by R.J. Palacio
  • Kami and the Yaks, by Andrea Stenn Stryer
  • The Snow Rabbit, by Camille Garoche