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What Else Are You Reading? > Kids' SFF with character(s) with disabilities?

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message 1: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 4221 comments Nalo Hopkinson asked on Twitter for recommendation for kids' SFF with disabled characters. Thought some signal boost here might be good - there are some diverse reads in this group!

Sean Lookielook Sandulak (seansandulak) | 433 comments I've not read any of these, but here's what I was able to dig up.
cc @Nalo_Hopkinson

Middle school/children:
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes (vision impaired)
Spellhorn (vision impaired)
Strange Star (vision impaired)
Centaur Rising (birth defects)
Handbook for Dragon Slayers (mobility impairment)
Odd and the Frost Giants (mobility impairment)
El Deafo (hearing impaired)
The Aviary (chronic heart condition)
The Little Lame Prince (paraplegic)
Eddie's Blue-Winged Dragon (cerebral palsy)

For older kids/teens:
On the Edge of Gone (autism)
The Call (mobility impairment, horror)
Half a King (mobility impairment)
No One Dies in the Garden of Syn (cystic fibrosis)
The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Tourette’s syndrome)
Incarceron (epilepsy)

See also:

message 3: by Tasha (new)

Tasha In the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy, Hearthstone is deaf.

message 4: by Rik (new)

Rik | 777 comments Very lengthy 4 book series so maybe not a good recommendation for kids but one of the main characters in Tad Williams Otherland series is a 14 year old kid with Progeria (the aging disease where kids are elderly and die of old age by their teens).

message 5: by Joel (new)

Joel Viral Nation

I believe the main character has ASD.

message 6: by Eloy (new)

Eloy Ruiz donayre | 1 comments Those are really neat recommendations.

message 7: by Rik (new)

Rik | 777 comments Dean Koontz also wrote two sci fi books where the main character has Xeroderma Pigmentosum which is the disease that makes sunlight near fatal to people. The main character can only go out at night and even indoors has to avoid any kind of UV lighting. Unfortunately the series ends on a cliffhanger and despite promises Koontz some 20 years later still hasn't finished the series. Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz is the first book.

message 8: by Phil (new)

Phil | 1185 comments The main character in WWW: Wake by Robert Sawyer is a blind teenager.

message 9: by Trike (new)

Trike | 8951 comments Short story published on Tor this week is about a teen whose brain is set into a rocket. Maybe just his mind? Scant details. Not sure it qualifies.

message 10: by Rik (new)

Rik | 777 comments The Ex-Heroes series by Peter Clines has a superhero in it who is paralyzed in his non heroic identity. He can shift into a being of pure energy where he isn't.

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