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- Ackerman, K. (1990) Just Like Max. New York: Knopf.
after-effects of stroke
- Adler, C. S. (1988) Eddie's Blue-Winged Dragon. New York:
Putnam. cerebral palsy
- Aiello, B. & Shulman, J. (1989) Business is Looking Up.
Frederick, MD: Twenty-First Century Books. blind
- Aiello, B. & Shulman, J. (1988). Friends for life:
Featuring Amy Wilson. Frederick, MD: Twenty-First Century Books.
HIV This book is part of The Kids on The Block Book Series. When
Natalie, the Video Club's faculty sponsor, is found to have AIDS,
the school community reacts with hostility. The Video Club
responds by producing an educational video about AIDS.
- Aiello, B. & Shulman, J. (1989). A portrait of me:
Featuring Christine Kontos. Frederick, MD: Twenty-First Century
Books. Diabetes In this book from the Kids on the Block Series,
Christine comes to terms with her Greek heritage.
- Aiello, B. & Shulman, J. (1989). Hometown hero: Featuring
Scott Whittaker. Frederick, MD: Twenty-First Century Books. Asthma
This is a book from the Kids on the Block Series in which Scott
befriends a homeless man and invites him to speak at a school
- Aiello, B. & Shulman, J. (1989). Trick or treat trouble:
Featuring Brian McDaniel. Frederick, MD: Twenty-First Century
Books. Seizures In this book, which is part of The Kids On The
Block series, Brian and his friends let their imaginations run
away with them one Halloween.
- Alcott, L. M. (1868) Little Women. Boston: Little, Brown,
& Company. heart trouble This is the classic story of the four
March sisters growing up during and after the Civil War.
- Alcott, L. M. An Old-Fashioned Girl general invalidism Polly
visits her friend Fanny for six weeks. Polly grows up to give
music lessons in the city, and she falls in love with Fanny's
- Alcott, L. M. (1875) Eight Cousins. New York: Puffin Books.
unspecified invalid, visual impairment Wealthy orphan Rose
Campbell comes to live with her uncle and 2 great aunts; six more
aunts and seven boy cousins live nearby.
- Alden, J. (1992). A boy's best friend. Boston: Alyson
Wonderland Press. Asthma
- Allen, M. N. (1980) One, Two, Three - Ah-Choo! New York:
Coward, McCann, & Geoghegan, Inc. allergy
- Amedeo, D. M. (1989) There's a Little Bit of Me in Jamey.
Niles, IL: Albert Whitman & Company. leukemia
- Andrew, P. (1972) Mister O'Brien. London: Heinemann. polio
- Andrews, J. F. (1990) The Secret in the Dorm Attic.
Washington, DC: Kendall Green Publications. deaf
- Arrick, F. (1992). What you don't know can kill you. New York:
Dell Publishing. HIV When Jack contracts HIV through unprotected
casual sex and passes it on to his girlfriend Ellen, the entire
town is affected.
- Arthur, C. (1979) My Sister's Silent World. deaf
- Arthur, R. (1970) The Saracen Lamp. New York: Atheneum.
- Arundel, H. (1973) The Blanket Word. Nashville: Nelson. cancer
- Auch, M. J. (1987) Cry Uncle! New York: Holiday House.
Disorientation Davey's disoriented great uncle moves in, and the
family has trouble adjusting to his presence.
- Avi. (1994). The Barn. New York: Avon Camelot. reading level
grade 5.2. after-effects of stroke Ben's mother is dead, so when
his father is disabled by a stroke, his older brother and sister
tell him to come home from boarding school because he is needed to
help run the farm. Ben, however, is not very strong, so he looks
after his father and the house while his siblings do the outdoor
work. It is Ben who discovers that their father understands what
is said to him and can communicate, although he can no longer
speak. Ben learns that before his stroke his father was planning
to build a barn. Ben convinces his brother and sister to help him
build a barn as a gift for their father; ben believes that his
father will get better when the barn is completed. The three
youngsters work hard to make the barn an exceptional one, refusing
outside help, but their father dies soon after the barn is
completed. Booklist Editors' Choice, ALA Notable Book, American
Booksellers Pick of the Lists, Chicago Tribune Best Book for Young
readers Teachers Choice
- Baastad, B. F. (1967) Don't Take Teddy. New York: Charles
Scribner's Sons. cognitively impaired
- Bach, A. H. (1980). Waiting for Johnny Miracle. New York:
Harper & Row. Osteosarcoma When Becky is diagnosed with
cancer, the entire Maitland family is intensely affected. Becky
becomes attached to the other teens with cancer in the hospital,
particularly Mariela, her roommate. When it becomes clear that
Mariela may not live, Becky, her twin sister Theo, and some other
hospitalized teens conspire to make sure Mariela's wish that she
not die a virgin will be granted.
- Bates, B. (1988). Tough beans. New York: Holiday House.
Diabetes Nat learns that there are worse problems than diabetes.
- Bawden, N. (1966) The Witch's Daughter blind
- Bawden, N. (1973) Carrie's War. Philadelphia: J. P.
Lippincott. cognitively impaired, terminal illness. Carrie and her
brother are sent away from England during the WW2 air raids. They
are sent to stay with a strange family, and they make some
interesting and unusual friends.
- Beckman, G. (1971) Admission to the Feast. leukemia
- Bennett, C. (1993). Did you hear about Amber? New York: Puffin
Books. Amber, a dancer, is talented, creative, ambitious,
manipulative, selfish, and uncaring. When she develops arthritis
and can no longer dance, she attempts suicide. This experience
changes her so that she becomes caring, self-aware, and loving.
- Bess, C. (1993). The Mayday Rampage. Sacramento: Lookout
Press. HIV Jess and Molly get in trouble because they write about
AIDS in their high school newspaper.
- Bess, C. (1985). Big man and the burn out. Boston: Houghton
Mifflin. sickle cell anemia. Jess has been abandoned by his mother
and is being raised by his grandparents. The year he is in the
eighth grade, Jess tangles continuously with his grandmother,
makes friends with an older classmate, and raises a gosling.
- Block, F. L. (1989). Weetzie Bat. New York: Harper Trophy. HIV
Weetzie and Dirk and their partners and the foursome's children
make a family. ALA Best Book for Young Adults ALA recommended
books for reluctant young adult readers
- Blue, R. (1979) Me and Einstein: Breaking Through the Reading
- Blume, J. (1971). Then again, maybe I won't. New York: Dell.
psychosomatic stomach pains, cancer of the larynx. When Tony
Miglione's father invents an electrical cartridge, the family
becomes wealthy and their lifestyle changes. Tony has many worries
as a result of these changes as well as the changes of puberty.
- Blume, J. (1973). Deenie. Scarsdale, NY: Bradbury Press.
Scoliosis Deenie, whose mother insists that she become a model, is
diagnosed with scoliosis and must wear a brace for four years.
- Bosse, M. (1987) Captives of Time. New York: Delacorte. mute
- Brancato, R. F. (1977) Winning. New York: Knopf. paralysis
- Branfield, J. (1973) Why Me? New York: Harper & Row.
- Bridgers, S. E. (1979) All Together Now cognitive impairment
- Brightman, A. (1976) Like Me. Boston: Little, Brown.
- Brighton, C. (1984) My Hands, My World blind
- Brown, R. (1972) Flight of Sparrows. New York: Macmillan.
- Brown, T. (1984) Someone Special, Just Like You. New York:
Holt. variety of disabilities. Photographs depict children with
disabilities involved in several activities.
- Bunting, E. (1980) The Empty Window. New York: F. Warne.
- Bunting, E. (1987). Will you be my POSSLQ? San Diego: Harcourt
Brace kidney cancer. When Kyle moves in with Jamie, Jamie keeps
her cancer secret from him, and she keeps the fact that she is
living with a man secret from her devout Catholic parents.
- Burch, R. (1968) Renfroe's Christmas. New York: Viking.
- Burch, R. (1970) Simon and the Game of Chance. New York:
- Burnett, F. H. (1909) The Secret Garden. Lame. This is the
classic story about the hidden garden discovered by Mary, a
disagreeable orphan from India, and Colin and Dickon.
- Butler, B. K. (1972) Gift of Gold. New York: Dodd. blind
- Butler, B. (1987) Maggie By My Side blind
- Byars, B. (1970) Summer of the Swans. New York: Viking.
cognitively impaired When her cognitively impaired brother gets
lost, 14-year-old Sara faces a long day during which she arrives
at many new realizations. Newbery award winner
- Carrick, C. (1985) Stay Away From Simon! cognitive impairment
- Caudill, R. (1965) A Certain Small Shepherd mute
- Christian, M. B. (1986) Mystery at Camp Triumph. Niles, IL:
Albert Whitman & Company. Blind 16-year-old Angie, who has
recently been blinded in a car accident, solves the mystery of who
has been responsible for the numerous "mishaps" at a summer camp
for disabled youngsters.
- Christopher, M. (1966) Long Shot for Paul. Boston: Little,
- Cleaver, V. & Cleaver, B. (1969) Where the Lilies Bloom.
New York: HarperCollins. terminal illness. When their father dies,
leaving them orphaned, Mary Call struggles to keep her siblings
together in this story set in Appalachia. ALA Notable Book; New
York Times Outstanding Children's Book of the Year; School Library
Journal Best of the Best Children's Book
- Cleaver, V. & Cleaver, B. (1970) Grover. Philadelphia: J.
B. Lippincott. Cancer; Grover's mother, who is dying of cancer,
commits suicide, and Grover's father deals with his grief by
withdrawing and becoming inaccessible.
- Cleaver, V. & Cleaver, B. (1970) The Mimosa Tree.
Philadelphia: Lippincott. seizure disorder, blind. The five
Proffitt children, their blind, passive father, and their
stepmother move from the Appalachian mountains to Chicago. When
the stepmother deserts the family, the children pick pockets and
deliver packages for a drug dealer to bring in the money necessary
for survival. Finally, in desperation, the family moves back to
- Cleaver, V. & Cleaver, B. (1973) Me Too. Philadelphia:
Lippincott. cognitively impaired
- Clifton, L. (1980) My Friend Jacob. New York: E. P. Dutton.
- Coerr, E. Sadako. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Leukemia.
Sadako folds paper cranes in an attempt to cure her leukemia.
- Cohen, B. (1990) The Long Way Home. New York: Lothrop, Lee
& Shepard. breast cancer
- Cone, M. (1970) Simon. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. cognitively
- Conrad, P. (1985) Prairie Songs. New York: Harper & Row.
mental illness. In this book set in postbellum Nebraska, Louisa
describes the progressive mental illness and ultimate death of a
- Corcoran, B. (1984). Child of the morning. New York: Atheneum.
seizure disorder. Susie, whose seizure disorder has not been
correctly diagnosed, has a summer job as a "gopher" for a theater
company when she is offered a part in The Tempest. The crisis
occurs when she has a seizure during a performance.
- Corcoran, B. (1969) Sasha My Friend. New York: Atheneum.
- Corcoran, B. (1974) The Winds of Time. New York: Atheneum.
mental illness When Gail's mother hospitalized, Gail's abusive
uncle gets custody of her. Gail runs away and is taken in by an
eccentric and loving family.
- Corcoran, B. (1986) I am the Universe. New York: Atheneum.
brain tumor. Kit describes her experiences while her mother is in
the hospital having a benign brain tumor removed.
- Cormier, R. (1983) The Bumblebee Flies Anyway. New York:
Pantheon. terminal illness
- Coutant, H. (1983) The Gift blind
- Crutcher, C. (1993) Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes. New York:
Greenwillow Books. burn scars. Sarah Byrnes, who was badly burned
as a small child, needs to escape from her abusive father. She is
helped by her friend Moby, who discovers a lot about human
inconsistency and human courage.
- Cunningham, J. (1965) Drop Dead psychosis
- Dacquino, V. T. (1982). Kiss the candy days goodbye. New York:
Delacorte. Diabetes. With the support of his family and friends,
Jimmy adjusts to his new diagnosis of diabetes.
- Danzinger, P. (1978). The pistachio prescription. New York:
Delacorte. asthma. Asthmatic Cassie copes with her parents'
separation, her changing relationship with her sister, entering
high school, and being elected class president.
- Davies, P. (1974) Fly Away Paul. New York: Crown. emotionally
- Davis, D. (1994) My Brother Has AIDS. New York: Atheneum. AIDS
Lacy's older brother Jack, who is gay, has AIDS, so he moves back
- DeClements, B. (1985) Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You learning
- DeClements, B. (1986) I Never Asked You to Understand Me.
Penguin. terminal illness
- de Paola, T. (1981) Now One Foot, Now the Other. Putnam.
after-effects of stroke
- Deem, J. M. 3 NBs of Julian Drew. emotional disturbance
- Delton, J. (1985) I'll Never Love Anything Ever Again. Niles,
IL: Albert Whitman & Company. Allergy
- Delton, J. & Tucker, D. (1986) My Grandma's in a Nursing
Home. Niles, IL: Albert Whitman & Company. Alzheimer's
- Dickinson, P. (1977) Annerton Pit. Boston: Little, Brown.
- Dixon, P. (1975) May I Cross Your Golden River? New York:
Atheneum. Lou Gehrig's disease. This story chronicles 18-year-old
Jordan's diagnosis with, illness, and death from Lou Gehrig's
- Dodge, M. M. (1865) Hans Brinker: Or the Silver Skates.
- Donnelly, E. (1977) So Long, Grandpa. Translated by Bell, A.
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc. cancer. Michael's family
undergoes stress as Michael's grandfather struggles with cancer.
Winner, 1979 German Children's Book Prize.
- Donovan, J. (1973) Remove Protective Coating a Little at a
Time. New York: Harper. emotionally impaired
- Dubelaar, T. (1982) Maria. New York: Morrow. mental illness
- Durant, P. (1992) When Heroes Die. New York: Atheneum. Gary's
adored uncle gets sick, and Gary has trouble accepting that Rob is
gay and has AIDS.
- Ellis, E. T. (1972) Celebrate the Morning. New York: Atheneum.
- Ende, M. (1983) Neverending Story. London: Allen Lane. cancer
- Ethridge, K. E. (1985) Toothpick. New York: Holiday House,
Inc. cystic fibrosis. Jamie makes friends with Janice, who has
cystic fibrosis, and then must cope with her progressive illness
- Eyerly, J. (1971) The Phaedra Complex. Philadelphia:
Lippincott. emotionally impaired
- Farly, C. (1975) The Garden is Doing Fine. New York: Atheneum.
Cancer Corrie's father is in the hospital, dying of cancer.
- Fassler, J. (1975) Howie Helps Himself. Chicago: Whitman.
- Ferris, J. (1986) The Stainless Steel Rule. NY: Farrar Straus
Giroux. diabetes. Mary, who has diabetes, becomes preoccupied and
distant after she begins dating Nick, who convinces Mary that she
can control her diabetes without the use of insulin. Mary is
hospitalized in a diabetic coma.
- Ferris, J. (1987). Invincible Summer. New York: Avon Flare.
Leukemia Robin, who has been diagnosed with leukemia, meets Rick,
who also has leukemia, in the hospital. They become involved in a
relationship. School Library Journal Best Book ALA Best Book for
- Fitzgerald, J. D. (1967). The Great Brain. New York: Dell
Yearling. Amputee This is the first book in "The Great Brain"
series. John's brother Tom uses his great brain help an amputee
learn to do all the things able-bodies kids do, to find some boys
lost in a mammoth cave, and to help a Greek immigrant fit in with
the other kids.
- Fitzgerald, J. D. (1975). The Great Brain does it again. New
York: Dial Press. Diabetes. This book is part of "The Great Brain"
series. John's brother Tom uses his great brain to find a stolen
rocking horse, apprehend a dishonest government agent, and meddle
with his older brother's romance. He also tricks his friends into
doing his work in the garden, makes a "chute-the-chute" ride, and
tries to help an overweight boy lose weight.
- Fleming, A. M. (1985) Welcome To Grossville. New York:
Scribner. cystic fibrosis
- Forbes, E. (1946) Johnny Tremain deformed hand. This book
describes life in Boston in the period immediately preceding the
American Revolution as experienced by an apprentice silversmith.
- Ford, T. M. (1995). Voices of AIDS. New York: Morrow Junior
- Fox, M. Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge. memory loss
- Fox, P. (1995). Eagle Kite. New York: Laurel-Leaf Books. HIV
Liam's bisexual father contracts AIDS. an ALA Notable Book a
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year a Booklist Children's
- Fraustino, L. R. Ash. mental illness
- Froehlich, M. W. (1983) Hide Crawford Quick birth defect
- Gaeddert, L. (1989) A Summer Like Turnips. New York: Holt.
- Garfield, J. B. (1957) Follow my Leader. male
- Garrigue, S. (1978) Between Friends cognitively impaired
- Getz, D. (1990). Thin air. New York: Henry Holt & Company.
Asthma. Jacob has a series of funny adventures when he tries to
avoid being put in a special class in his new school.
- Giff, P. R. (1982) The Gift of the Pirate Queen. New York:
Delacorte Press. Diabetes. Grace must find the courage to admit to
something she's done at school. Her sister Amy must find the
courage to face her diabetes. Fiona, their father's cousin, must
find the courage to face a large dog when she is afraid of dogs.
- Gilchrist, T. E. (1978) Halfway Up the Mountain visually
- Gillham, B. (1982) My Brother Barry cognitive impairment
- Girard, L. W. (1990) Alex, the Kid with AIDS. Niles, IL:
Albert Whitman & Company. AIDS, Alex thinks he can get away
with bad behavior because he has HIV.
- Girion, B. (1981). A handful of stars. New York: Scribners.
seizure disorder When Julie begins having seizures in school, many
of her friends and teachers react negatively.
- Gould, M. (1982). Golden Daffodils Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley
Publishing Co. Inc. cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Janis enters a
"regular" class for the first time and finds it academically and
socially more challenging than her special class. She and a friend
challenge some classmates to a handball game and win.
- Gould, M. (1986) The Twelfth of June New York: Lippincott.
cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Janis' parents don't know how to
handle the budding sexuality of a disabled daughter.
- Grant, C. (1989) Phoenix Rising. NY: Harper cancer. After her
sister dies, Jessie eats little, refuses to leave her room, and
reads Helen's diary.
- Greenberg, J. (1983). No dragons to slay. New York: Farrar,
Straus, & Giroux, Inc. cancer,Thomas is diagnosed with cancer.
He comes to terms with his cancer when he participates in an
- Greenberg, J. (1964) I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. New
York: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston. mental illness
- Greenberg, J. (1979) A Season In-Between. New York: Farrar,
Straus, & Giroux, Inc. cancer. Carrie, a Jewish 7th grader who
attends an anti-Semitic private school, struggles with the fact
that her father is dying of cancer.
- Greenberg, J. E. (1985) What is the Sign for Friend? deaf
- Greene, B. (1974) Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe. New
York: Dial Press. Allergy. This book describes some scenes from
Beth's family life and from her friendship and competition with
her neighbor Philip. Newbery Honor Book
- Greenfield, E. (1980) Darlene. New york: Methuen. wheelchair
- Greenwald, S. (1983) Will the Real Gertrude Hollings Please
Stand Up? New York: Dell Yearling. learning disability. Gertrude,
who has a learning disability, is sent to stay with her aunt,
uncle, and cousin while her parents are away on business. Gertrude
has trouble adjusting to life in this highly regimented family,
and she finds it difficult to hold her own against her high
achieving cousin. When Gertrude frightens her cousin into
believing that his parents will send him away when his new sibling
is born, Gertrude's aunt is furious and sends Gertrude to stay
with her bossy friend Jessie's family. Gertrude manages to redeem
herself in her aunt's eyes, remain friends with her cousin, and
achieve success in her own right.
- Griese, A. A. (1969) At the Mouth of the Luckiest River. New
York: Crowell. Lame. Tatlek, a lame young man, wins a moral battle
against the tribe's mendacious medicine man.
- Griffiths, H. (1975). The mysterious appearance of Agnes .
(Also published as Witch Fear). New York: Holiday House. seizure
disorder Agnes, an emotionally disturbed child, is accused of
witchcraft by the villagers.
- Grollman, S. (1988) Shira: A Legacy of Courage. New York:
- Guccione, L. D. Tell Me How the Wind Sounds. Scholastic. deaf
- Gunther, J. (1949) Death Be Not Proud. New York: Harper &
Row. brain tumor
- Guy, R. (1973) The Friends. New York: Bantam Books. breast
cancer. After moving from the West Indies, where she lived with an
aunt, to live with her parents in New York, Phyllisia makes
friends with a classmate named Edith. While Phyllisia copes with
her father's abusive behavior and her mother's illness with and
death from breast cancer, Edith, an orphan, struggles to hold her
- Hall, L. (1990). Halsey's Pride. New York: Charles Scribner's
Sons. seizure disorder. When March's mother's boyfriend leaves
after he sees March have a grand mal seizure, March's mother sends
her to live with her father. March's father is trying
(unsuccessfully) to make a living breeding and showing collies,
and March becomes very involved with the dogs.
- Hamilton, V. (1971) The Planet of Junior Brown. New York:
Macmillan. mental illness, asthma. Buddy Clark, a homeless
adolescent, looks out for other homeless youngsters and for Junior
Brown, his mentally ill friend.
- Harnden, R. (1970) Next Door. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
- Hasler, E. (1981) Martin Is Our Friend. Nashville: Abingdon.
- Hautzig, D. (1989) Second Star to the Right. New York: Knopf.
- Heide, F. P. (1970) Sound of Sunshine, Sound of Rain. New
York: Parents Magazine Press. blind
- Heide, F. P. (1976) Growing Anyway Up emotional disturbance
- Herman, H. & Herman, B. (1988) Jenny's Magic Wand blind
- Hermes, P. (1982) You Shouldn't Have to Say Good-bye. San
Diego: Harcourt Brace. Cancer. Sarah copes with her mother's
illness with and death from cancer.
- Hermes, P. (1983) Who Will Take Care of Me? cognitive
- Hermes, P. (1985) A Solitary Secret. San Diego: Harcourt
Brace. terminal illness
- Hermes, P. Mama, let's dance. terminal illness
- Hermes, P. (1989) Be Still My Heart. New York: G. P. Putnam's
Sons. AIDS Allie and her best friend work out the fact that they
both like the same boy. Meanwhile, their favorite teacher is in
jeopardy of being fired because her husband has AIDS. Allie puts
together an assembly to educate her peers about HIV and AIDS.
- Hermes, P. (1980). What if they knew? New York: Harcourt Brace
Jovanovitch. seizure disorder. When circumstances force Jeremy to
live with her grandparents for a few months, she is afraid that
the kids in her new school will find out about her seizure
disorder and tease her about it.
- Herzig, A. C. & Mali, J. L. (1982) A Season of Secrets.
Boston: Little, Brown & Company. seizure disorder
- Hoffman, M. (1993). The four-legged ghosts. Dial. asthma
(Previously titled Ghost Menagerie)
- Holl, K. D. (1989) Hidden in the Fog depression
- Holland, I. (1973) Heads You Win, Tails I Lose. New York:
Fawcett Juniper. leg injury, harelip, Melissa's mother is an
alcoholic and her father is nasty and insensitive. Melissa begins
taking her mother's diet pills and sleeping pills.
- Holland, I. (1975) Of Love and Death and Other Journeys. New
York: Dell. Cancer. Meg's mother left her husband before Meg was
born, so Meg has never met her father. When Meg's mother becomes
ill with cancer, she arranges for Meg and her father to meet. When
Meg's mother dies, Meg goes to live with her father.
- Holland, I. (1983) The Empty House. New York: J. B. Lippincott
Company. seizure disorder. When their father is jailed, Betsey and
her younger brother Roddy (who has a seizure disorder) must move
in with their wealthy, snobbish aunt. As they meet some of the
local characters, Betsey and Roddy work to solve the mystery of
who framed their father for a crime he didn't commit.
- Hopkins, L. (1988) Eating Crow mute
- Howard, E. (1984) Circle of Giving. New York: Atheneum.
cerebral palsy In this story set in the 1920s in California,
Marguerite teaches her friend Francie, who has cerebral palsy, to
read and write.
- Howard, E. (1987). Edith herself. New York: Atheneum. seizure
disorder. After her mother dies, Edie is sent to live with her
older sister Alena and with Alena's husband, John. John and his
mother are stern, uncompromising religious fundamentalists, but
when Edie begins having seizures, John unexpectedly turns out to
be an ally.
- Howe, J. (1983). A night without stars. New York: Atheneum.
heart condition When Maria is in the hospital for open heart
surgery, she makes friends with Donald, an angry boy who is badly
- Hughes, M. (1982). Hunter in the dark. New York: Atheneum.
Leukemia Mike, who has leukemia, has trouble making his
overprotective parents see his point of view. Finally, he asserts
his independence by going on a hunting trip by himself. Winner of
Canada Council prize for best English language book Young Adult
Canadian Book Award
- Humphreys, M. (1991) Until Whatever. New York: Clarion. AIDS.
Karen's friend Connie is ostracized when the members of the school
community learn she has AIDS. When Karen refuses to ostracize
Connie, Karen becomes a pariah as well.
- Hunt, I. (1985) The Everlasting Hills. New York: Charles
Scribner's Sons. cognitive impairment, arthritis, heart condition
Jeremy's father is emotionally abusive to his cognitively impaired
son. Jeremy finally moves in with a neighbor, Ishmael. Ishmael is
sick with a heart condition, and Jeremy nurses him until he dies.
Jeremy and his father finally work through their differences after
- Hurwin, D. (1995). A time for dancing. Boston: Little, Brown.
- Irwin, H. (1982). What about Grandma? New York: Atheneum.
terminal illness Rhys and her mother, Eve, go to close Eve's
mother Wyn's house so Wyn can move to a nursing home. Wyn,
however, refuses to go to the nursing home, so the three women
spend the summer together in Wyn's house.
- Isaacsen-Bright. (1980). Thirteen is too young to die.
Worthington, OH: Willowisp. lupus
- Johnson, A. (1993) Toning the Sweep. New York: Scholastic.
Cancer When Emmie's grandmother Ola becomes sick with cancer,
Emmie and her mother go to help Ola close her house so she can
move in with Emmie's family. Coretta Scott King Award
- Jones, R. C. (1981). Angie and me. New York: MacMillan
Publishing Company, Inc. juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Jenna and
Angie are roommates in a children's hospital where they must spend
- Jones, R. C. (1983). Madeline and the great (old) escape
artist. New York: E. P. Dutton. seizure disorder When Madeline is
in the hospital due to her seizure disorder, her roommate is a
ninety-four-year-old woman, Mary Gibson. Madeline doesn't want to
return to school because her classmates saw her have a grand mal
seizure, and Mary Gibson dislikes the nursing home where she
lives, so the two decide to escape together.
- Jones, R. (1976) The Acorn People. Nashville: Abingdon Press.
variety of disabilities
- Jordan, M. K. (1989) Losing Uncle Tim. Niles, IL: Albert
- Jukes, M. (1993) I'll See You in My Dreams. New York: Knopf.
- Juneau, B. F. (1988) Sad But O.K. My Daddy Died Today. Nevada
City, CA: Blue Dolphin. cancerous brain tumor
- Kata, E. A Patch of Blue. blind
- Kaufman, C. & Kaufman, G. (1985) Rajesh. New York:
Atheneum. missing limbs
- Kemp, G. (1980) The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler speech
- Kent, D. (1992). Why me? New York: Scholastic. kidney failure
Rachel's kidneys fail, and because she was adopted, no family
member can donate a kidney for a transplant. Rachel's parents
search for her birth mother, who ultimately gives Rachel a kidney.
- Kerr, M. E. (1975). Is that you, Miss Blue? New York: Harper
& Row. Asthma Flanders goes to boarding school when her
parents are divorced. She meets many interesting students and
teachers at the school.
- Kerr, M. E. (1972) Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack! New York: Harper
& Row. emotionally disturbed Tucker, Dinky, Natalia, and P.
John are all friends. Dinky, whose overbearing mother works to
rehabilitate drug addicts, is overweight. Dinky's cousin Natalia,
who has attended a special school for emotionally disturbed
youngsters, lives with Dinky's family. Fat P. John, the
arch-conservative son of a very liberal man, is a classmate of
- Kerr, M. E. (1986) Night Kites. New York: Harper & Row
Publishers. AIDS Erick and his family have difficulty coping when
they learn that Erick's older brother is gay and dying of AIDS.
During this time of crisis, Erick starts dating his best friend's
- Kibbey, M. (1988) My Grammy alzheimer's
- Kidd, R. (1978). That's what friends are for. Nashville:
Thomas Nelson. Leukemia Gary feels horribly guilty after his best
friend Scott dies of leukemia.
- Killilea, M. (1952). Karen. New York: Dell. cerebral palsy
This is the true story of a girl with cerebral palsy, written by
her mother. Born in 1941, Karen was considered fit for nothing but
institutionalization by most physicians. Her parents, however,
kept visiting doctors throughout the country until they found one
who recommended an educational program for Karen. Karen learned to
walk, talk, read, and write, and her parents became very involved
in advocacy for those with cerebral palsy. Christopher Award
winner winner of the Golden Book Award
- Killilea, M. (1954) Wren cerebral palsy
- Klass, S. S. (1983) Alive and Starting Over. New York: Charles
Scribner's Sons. heart condition, hemophilia Jessica has a lot
going on: she is dating a new boy who has hemophilia, her
grandmother has a heart attack, and her friend Sylvia's stepmother
forbids Sylvia to associate with Jessica.
- Klass, S. S. (1981). To see my mother dance. New York:
Scribner. Asthma Jess is very angry when her father decides to
remarry, and she expresses her anger by acting out.
- Klause, A. C. (1990) The Silver Kiss. New York: Delacorte.
- Klein, G. (1974) The Blue Rose. New York: Lawrence Hill.
- Klein, N. (1971) Sunshine. New York: Avon. cancer This is
nineteen-year-old Kate's personal account of her struggle with
- Knowles, A. (1983) Under the Shadow. New York: Harper &
Row. muscular dystrophy-male
- Koertge, R. (1988) Arizona Kid. New York: Avon. AIDS Billy
goes to Arizona to spend a summer working at a race track, and he
stays with his gay uncle, Wes, whom he has not previously met. An
ALA Best Book for Young Adults
- Konigsburg, E. L. (1970) (George). New York: Atheneum.
multiple personality disorder. Ben, a gifted child who has mpd,
learns that a student in his organic chemistry class has been
stealing lab equipment to manufacture LSD.
- Kudlinski, K. V. (1994). Facing West. New York: Viking. Asthma
Ben and his family are pioneers heading West on the Oregon trial.
- Larson, H. (1978) Don't Forget Tom. New York: Thomas Crowell.
- Lasker, J. (1974) He's My Brother cognitive impairment
- Lasker, J. (1980) Nick Joins In. Chicago: A. Whitman.
- Lee, J. M. (1991) Silent Lotus. New York: Farrar, Straus,
& Giroux. deaf
- Lee, M. (1963) The Rock and the Willow. New York: Lothrop.
- Lee, V. (1972) The Magic Moth. New York: Seabury Press. heart
condition Six- year-old Mark-O tries to make sense of his sister's
death from a congenital heart defect.
- L'Engle, M. The Moon by Night. heart condition. While on
vacation with her family, Vicky Austin dates a rather obnoxious
boy with a heart condition.
- L'Engle, M. The Young Unicorns. blind
- L'Engle, M. (1980) A Ring of Endless Light. Farrar, Straus,
& Giroux. leukemia, skull fracture, heart condition, seizure
disorder Vicky and her family are spending the summer w/
Grandfather, who is dying of leukemia. When Vicky's friend Zachary
attempts suicide through drowning, her friend Leo's father rescues
him and then dies of a heart attack. Vicky's friend Adam is doing
research on dolphins, and Vicky becomes very close to the
dolphins. When a baby dolphin is stillborn, Adam's boss is
grief-stricken. The climax comes when a child dies in Vicky's
arms. Newbery Honor Book
- LeRoy, G. (1975) Emma's Dilemma allergy
- Levenkron, J. (1978) The Best Little Girl in the World.
- Levinson, M. (1985) And Don't Bring Jeremy. New York: Holt,
Rinehart, & Winston. learning disability
- Levine, E. S. (1984) Lisa and Her Soundless World. deaf
- Levoy, M. (1977) Alan and Naomi. New York: Harper & Row.
- Levy, M. (1990) Rumors and Whispers. New York: Fawcett
Juniper. AIDS During her senior year in high school, Sarah's
father throws Sarah's gay brother out of the house and becomes
involved in a campaign to have Sarah's art teacher, who has AIDS,
- Litchfield, A. (1976) A Button in Her Ear. Chicago: A.
Whitman. hearing impaired
- Litchfield, A. B. (1977) A Cane in Her Hand. visually impaired
- Litchfield, A. B. Words in Our Hands. deaf
- Litchfield, A. B. (1984) Making Room for Uncle Joe cognitively
- Little, J. (1962) Mine For Keeps cerebral palsy, heart
condition Sal, who has always lived at a residential school for
children with cerebral palsy, must adjust to life at home with her
- Little, J. (1968) Take Wing. Boston: Little, Brown. cognitive
impairment Laurel realizes that there is something more serious
than "slowness" wrong with her younger brother. After Laurel's
mother is hospitalized with a broken hip, the family begins to
face James' problem realistically. a Junior Literary Guild
- +Little, J. (1972) From Anna. New York: Harper & Row.
visually impaired Visually impaired Anna and her family emigrate
to Canada, where Anna enters a special education class, from
Germany because the Nazis are in power.
- Little, J. (1978) Listen for the Singing. New York: Dutton.
- Little, J. (1984) Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird.
Ontario: Penguin. Cancer. Jeremy's father has cancer. After his
father dies, Jeremy befriends a friendless girl who was a student
of his father's.
- Lowry, L. (1977) A Summer to Die. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Leukemia This is the story of 15-year-old Molly's struggle with
and death from leukemia, told by her 13-year-old sister Meg.
- Lowry, L. (1981) Anastasia Again! New York: Dell Yearling
arthritis. Anastasia is furious when her parents decide to move to
the suburbs, but once there Anastasia makes friends with a cute
boy and with an eccentric neighbor. This is the sequel to
- Lund, D. (1976) Eric. Quebec: Flammarion. leukemia
- Lund, L. Bunny. multiple personality disorder
- Mann, P. (1977) There are Two Kinds of Terrible. Garden City,
NY: Doubleday. Cancer. Robbie is very close with his mother; his
relationship with his father is distant. Both Robbie and his
father are devastated when his mother becomes ill with and dies
- Maple, M. J. (1992) On the Wings of a Butterfly: A Story about
Life and Death. Seattle: Parenting Press. cancer
- Marek, M. (1984) Different, Not Dumb learning disability
- Marino, J. (1989) Eighty-Eight Steps to September. New York:
Avon. Leukemia Amy's brother Robbie becomes sick with and dies
from leukemia. Learning Magazine Best Book for Children
- Martin, A. M. (1984) Inside Out. New York: Holiday House.
Autism. Jon and his family have a hard time coping with the
financial and emotional strain caused by James, Jon's autistic
- Martin, A. M. (1986). The truth about Stacey. New York:
Scholastic. Diabetes. This is a "Babysitter's Club" book in which
babysitter Stacey rebels against her parents' search for a miracle
cure for her diabetes and helps her friends cope with competition
from older but less competent babysitters.
- Martin, A. M. (1988). Goodbye, Stacey, goodbye. New York:
Scholastic, Inc. diabetes. When Stacey moves to New York, the
other members of the Babysitters Club throw a party for her.
- Martin, A. M. (1987). Stacey's mistake. New York: Scholastic,
Inc. diabetes After Stacey moves to New York, her friends from the
Babysitter's Club come to visit for the weekend.
- Martin, A. M. (1987). Boy-crazy Stacey. New York: Scholastic,
Inc. diabetes When Babysitters Club members Mary Ann and Stacey
get jobs as mother's helpers at the beach, Stacey spends all her
time flirting with a lifeguard and Mary Ann ends up doing all the
- Martin, A. M. (1989). Welcome back, Stacey. New York:
Scholastic, Inc. diabetes. This is a Babysitter's Club book in
which Stacey's parents begin divorce proceedings and Stacey must
choose the parent with whom she wants to live.
- Martin, A. M. (1990). Stacey and the mystery of Stoneybrook.
New York: Scholastic, Inc. diabetes When Charlotte's parents are
away, she stays at Babysitters Club member Stacey's house. Stacey
and Charlotte let their imaginations run away with them when an
old neighborhood house is going to be torn down.
- Martin, A. M. (1991). Stacey's emergency. New York:
Scholastic, Inc. diabetes. This is a Babysitter's Club book about
diabetic babysitter Stacey's hospital stay and about her
difficulty coping with the animosity between her divorced parents.
- Martin, A. M. (1991). Stacey and the missing ring. New York:
Scholastic, Inc. diabetes. A new customer accuses Babysitter's
Club member Stacey of stealing a diamond ring.
- Martin, A. M. (1992). Stacey's choice. New York: Scholastic,
Inc. diabetes. This is a Babysitter's Club book in which Stacey's
father, who lives in New York, wants her to come visit for a
special celebration, and Stacey's mother, who lives in
Connecticut, gets pneumonia. Stacey must decide whether to go
celebrate with her father or to stay with her sick mother.
- Martin, A. M. (1992). Stacey's ex-best friend. New York:
Scholastic, Inc. diabetes. When Laine, Stacey's best friend from
New York, comes to visit, she is rude to Stacey and to the other
members of the Babysitter's Club.
- Martin, A. M. (1993). Stacey's big crush. New York:
Scholastic, Inc. diabetes Babysitter's Club member Stacey develops
a crush on her math teacher. Martin, A. M. (1993). Stacey and the
cheerleaders. New York: Scholastic, Inc. diabetes Babysitter's
Club member Stacey tries out for cheerleader because she is dating
a boy on the basketball team. She doesn't make the squad because
she is better than the other cheerleaders and they feel
- Martin, A. M. (1993). Stacey and the mystery money. New York:
Scholastic, Inc. diabetes. Stacey and her Babysitters Club friends
catch a man who has been spending counterfeit money in
- Martin, A. M. (1994). Stacey's lie. New York: Scholastic, Inc.
diabetes. Babysitters Club member Stacey lies to her father and
her best friend in order to engineer time with her boyfriend.
Meanwhile, Stacey's father has been lying to Stacey in order to
engineer time with his girlfriend.
- Martin, A. M. (1994). Stacey and the mystery at the empty
house. New York: Scholastic, Inc. diabetes. Babysitter's Club
member Stacey is dog-sitting for a family who is on vacation when
she realizes that someone other than herself has been in the empty
house. With the help of her friends, Stacey solves the mystery.
- Martin, A. M. (1994). Stacey's book. New York: Scholastic,
Inc. diabetes This is Babysitters Club member Stacey's somewhat
- Martin, A. M. (1994). Stacey and the mystery at the mall. New
York: Scholastic, Inc. diabetes. As part of a school project,
Stacey and her friends from the Babysitters Club get part-time
jobs at the mall. When major thefts and other strange things
happen, the members of the Babysitters Club learn that three young
children are living in the mall and that the mall manager is
stealing from the stores.
- Martin, A. M. (1995) Stacey vs. the BSC. New York: Scholastic.
Diabetes. Stacey becomes irresponsible when babysitting and acts
rudely toward the other members of the Babysitters Club. Stacey
finally decides she no longer wants to be a member of the club.
- Martin, A. M. (1990) Kristy and the Secret of Susan. New York:
Scholastic. Autism. When Babysitters Club member Kristy sits for
Susan, an autistic child, Kristy has trouble accepting the fact
that Susan will never fit in with the other neighborhood children.
- Martin, A. M. (1991) Jessi's Wish. New York: Scholastic.
Cancer. When the Babysitter's Club gets involved with community
service projects, Jessi becomes friends with an 8-year-old girl
who has cancer.
- Martin, A. M. (1987) Claudia and Mean Janine. New York:
Scholastic. after-effects of stroke. This is a "Babysitter's Club"
book in which Claudia's sister becomes distanced from the family
after their grandmother has a stroke.
- Martin, A. M. (1989) Claudia and the Sad Good-bye. New York:
Scholastic. after-effects of stroke. Babysitters Club member
Claudia is sad and angry during her grandmother's illness and
after her death.
- Martin, A. Jessi's Secret Language deaf. "Babysitter's Club"
member Jessi babysits for a deaf boy and helps him make friends in
- Martin, A. M. Jessi and the Awful Secret eating disorder.
- Mathis, S. B. (1974) Listen for the Fig Tree. New York:
Viking. emotional impairment
- Mayne, W. A Game of Dark. psychosis
- Mazer, N. F. (1987). After the Rain. New York: William Morrow
and Company. Cancer. Rachel becomes close to her difficult
grandfather Izzy after it is discovered that Izzy is dying of
cancer. Izzy insists on taking a walk every day but is too sick to
be outdoors alone, so Rachel accompanies him on his walks each
day. She becomes very fond of her crusty grandfather, and she
loses her fear of him. When Izzy is close to death, Rachel refuses
to go to school because she wants to spend her days in the
hospital with Izzy. Rachel is with him when he dies. During the
period of her grandfather's illness, Rachel is also experiencing
her first relationship with a boy. Newbery Honor Book
- Mazer, N. F. & Mazer, H. (1989) Heartbeat. New York:
Bantam. heart condition Both Tod and Amos love Hilary, and Hilary
loves both Tod and Amos. After Amos becomes ill with and dies from
a heart problem, Tod's relationship with Hilary changes.
- McDaniel, L. (1983). If I should die before I wake. Pinellas
Park, FL: Willowisp. Cancer. While volunteering at a Children's
Hospital, Deanne gets very attached to Matt, who has cancer.
- McDaniel, L. (1988). Mother, please don't die. Worthington,
OH: Willowisp. cancer
- McDaniel, L. (1989) Good-Bye Doesn't Mean Forever. New York:
Bantam Books. Leukemia. This is the sequel to Too Young to Die.
Jory, a spoiled "party girl," must cope with her best friend's
illness with and death from leukemia. IRA/CBC Children's Choice
- McDaniel, L. (1990) Somewhere Between Life and Death. New
York: Bantam. Coma Erin has trouble accepting the fact that her
younger sister, who has been in a car accident, will not emerge
from her coma.
- McDaniel, L. (1990) Time to Let Go. New York: Bantam Books.
Migraines. In this sequel to Somewhere Between Life and Death,
Erin's migraines are a result of her unresolved issues concerning
her sister's death. Therapy and meeting a boy who reminds her of
her sister help Erin work through these issues.
- McDaniel, L. (1992). Mourning song. New York: Bantam Books.
malignant brian tumor
- McDaniel, L. (1993) Let Him Live. New York: Bantam Books.
Cirrhosis. This is a One Last Wish book in which Meg, a hospital
candy-striper, becomes attached to Donovan, who is dying of
cirrhosis. Because money is tight, Donovan's family cannot stay
near the hospital. Meg and Donovan work to correct this problem.
- McDaniel, L. (1993) Baby Alicia is Dying. New York: Bantam
Books. HIV. Desi volunteers at a home for babies with HIV, where
she becomes attached to one particular baby. Her schoolmates react
with bigotry and hatred, and her mother, who has lost a baby to
sudden infant death syndrome, also opposes Desi's work. Desi is
devastated when Alicia dies.
- McDaniel, L. (1989). Too young to die. New York: Bantam Books.
Leukemia Melissa, a very bright high school junior, learns she has
leukemia. An IRA/CBC Children's Choice Award Winner
- McDaniel, L. (1992). Sixteen and dying. New York: Bantam
Books. AIDS. This is a One Last Wish Book in which
sixteen-year-old Anne learns she is infected with HIV. When she
receives a bequest of $100,000, Anne decides to spend a summer on
a dude ranch with her father. She meets a special boy, Morgan, on
- McDaniel, L. (1992). Someone dies, someone lives. New York:
Bantam Books. heart condition. This is a One Last Wish book in
which Katie, who has been waiting for a transplant, receives
Josh's brother's heart when he dies of an aneurysm. In spite of
her illness and her mother's overprotectiveness, Katie works to
become a top-notch runner.
- McDaniel, L. (1993). Please don't die. New York: Bantam Books.
leukemia, heart condition, diabetes, hemophilia. This One Last
Wish book is the sequel to Someone Dies, Someone Lives. Katie,
Chelsea, Amanda, Jeff, and Lacey are all at a summer retreat for
chronically ill teens when Amanda becomes sicker and finally dies.
- McDaniel, L. (1992). Mother, help me live. New York: Bantam
Books. Leukemia This is a One Last Wish book in which Sarah has
leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. It turns out that her
siblings and parents cannot donate bone marrow for the transplant
because Sarah was adopted. Sarah is furious because she had no
previous knowledge of her adoption. Sarah searches for her birth
mother in order to get the bone marrow she needs to survive.
- McDaniel, L. (1991). Now I lay me down to sleep. New York:
Bantam. Leukemia. Carrie has had leukemia, and her parents have
been very unsupportive. Carrie becomes close with a boy who is
dying of Hodgkin's disease.
- McDaniel, L. (1993). The legacy: Making wishes come true. New
York: Bantam Books. Leukemia. In this One Last Wish book,
16-year-old Jenny, an orphan living with her wealthy grandmother,
is struggling with leukemia.
- McDaniel, L. (1985). Six months to live. New York: Bantam.
Leukemia. Thirteen-year-old Dawn Rochelle is diagnosed with
leukemia. In the hospital and at Cancer Camp she becomes close
friends with other youngsters who have cancer.
- McDaniel, L. (1987). I want to live. New York: Bantam.
Leukemia. This is the sequel to Six Months to Live. Dawn's
leukemia, which has been in remission, becomes active again, so
Dawn has a bone marrow transplant.
- McDaniel, L. (1991). So much to live for. Pinellas Park, FL:
Willowisp. Leukemia. This is the sequel to I Want to Live. Dawn,
whose own cancer is in remission, is a counselor in training at
cancer camp. She becomes fond of a camper, Marlee, who ultimately
- McDaniel, L. (1993). No time to cry. St. Petersburgh, FL:
Willowisp Press. Leukemia. This is the sequel to So Much to Live
For, in which Dawn has trouble fitting in to mainstream high
school life despite the fact that her leukemia is in remission.
- McDaniel, L. (1992). A time to die. New York: Bantam Books.
cystic fibrosis. Kara, who is dying from cystic fibrosis, has a
huge impact on her friends.
- McDaniel, L. (1994). All the days of her life. New York:
Bantam Books. diabetes, hemophilia. In this One Last Wish book,
Lacey is very irresponsible about managing her diabetes, and she
winds up in the hospital in a diabetic coma. This is a sequel to
Please Don't Die.
- McDaniel, L. (1994). She died too young. New York: Bantam
Books. heart condition. This One Last Wish Book is the sequel to
All the Days of Her Life. Chelsea and Jillian need heart
transplants to live. Both are considered as potential recipients
when a heart becomes available. Chelsea is given the heart, and
Jillian dies without it.
- McDaniel, L. (1995) A Season for Goodbye. New York: Bantam
Books. heart condition, diabetes, cancer, hemophilia. This One
Last Wish book is a sequel to She Died Too Young. Katie, Lacey,
and Chelsea are all counselors at the Jenny House summer camp for
ill children. Each of the three girls is interested in one of the
- McLachlan, P. (1983) Through Grandpa's Eyes. Harper & Row.
- McLean, S. (1981) Pennies for the Piper. New York: Farrar,
Straus, & Giroux. heart conditionly ill)
- Melton, D. M. (1976) A Boy Called Hopeless. Independence, MO:
Independence Press. brain injury.
- Miner, J. C. (1982). This day is mine: Living with leukemia.
Mankato, MN: Crestwood House. Leukemia. Cheryl is angry when she
learns that her parents have been lying to her about her leukemia.
She acts very badly until she meets a much younger child with
leukemia who deals with her illness gracefully although she is
much sicker than Cheryl.
- Miklowitz, G. D. (1987). Goodbye tomorrow. New York: Dell.
HIV. After Alex contracts develops ARC, some people react with
prejudice, but his friends remain supportive.
- Moe, B. (1976) Pickles and Prunes. New York: McGraw Hill Book
Company. terminal illness. While spying around the hospital where
her mother works in order to catch a glimpse of the man her mother
is dating, Anne meets Laurie, who has a terminal illness. Anne and
Laurie become good friends and have many adventures.
- Nelson, T. (1994) Earthshine. New York: Orchard Books. HIV.
Slim's father, who is gay, has AIDS. Slim attends a support group
with other youngsters who have family members with HIV. An ALA
Best Book for Young Adults
- Neufield, J. Lisa Bright and Dark mental illness
- Neville, E. (1963) It's Like This, Cat asthma. Dave describes
his relationships with his father, his asthmatic mother, his
eccentric "Aunt" Kate, his first girlfriend, and his friend Tom.
Newbery Award winner
- Newman, L. (1995). Too far away to touch. New York: Clarion
- Nichols, J. K. (1985). All but the right folks. Owings Mill,
MD: Stemmer House Publishers, Inc. asthma. Marv spends a summer
with his grandmother in New York. Marv helps to intercept some
criminals, one of whom is his uncle.
- Nixon, J. L. (1982). The specter. New York: Delacorte. Cancer.
While in the hospital, Dina befriends a small girl whose parents
have been killed. Strange things begin to happen, and Dina
ultimately realizes that the small girl is mentally ill.
- Nixon, J. L. (1986) The Other Side of Dark. New York:
- Norris, G. B. (1970). The top step. New York: Atheneum.
Asthma. Mikael hopes to outgrow his asthma, become brave and
strong, and grow big enough to go hiking in the woods with his
- Ominsky, E. (1977) Jon O., A Special Boy. New York:
Prentice-Hall. Down's syndrome
- Parker, R. (1974) He Is Your Brother. Nashville: Thomas
Nelson, Inc. autism. Mike shares his interest in trains with his
autistic brother Orry, and, as a result, Orry begins to relate to
the world in a more typical way.
- Parker, R. (1974) Three By Mistake. Nashville: Nelson. asthma
- Paterson, K. (1978) The Great Gilly Hopkins. New York: Harper
Trophy. Blind. Gilly is an angry 11-year-old who has lived in many
foster homes. When she moves in with Trotter and William Ernest,
she learns to relate to people from a loving perspective. Newbery
- Paterson, K. (1980) Jacob Have I Loved. New York: Harper
Trophy. after effects of stroke, disorientation. Moody Louise and
her talented twin sister are growing up on the Island Rass during
the second World War. Newbery Medal winner
- Paton-Walsh, J. (1976) Unleaving. New York: Farrar, Straus,
and Giroux. cognitively impaired-female
- Payne, S. N. (1982) A Contest cerebral palsy
- Peck, R. (1978) Father Figure. New York: Dell. Cancer. When
their mother, who was terminally ill, kills herself, Jim and Byron
are sent to spend the summer with their father. During the summer
Jim learns to be less possessive of his younger brother, and he
works through some of his anger at his father. ALA best book for
- Peterson, J. I Have a Sister, My Sister is Deaf. deaf
- Pevsner, S. (1979) Keep Stompin, Till the Music Stops dyslexia
- Pfeffer, S. B. (1979) Starring Peter and Leigh. New York:
Delacorte Books. Hemophilia. When Leigh's mother remarries, Leigh
gives up her acting career to live a more typical teenager's life.
Leigh's stepbrother Peter, who has hemophilia, is also trying to
live a typical life.
- Phelan, T. W. Making Half Whole. Signet. kidney disease
- Philbrick, W. R. (1993). Freak the Mighty. New York: Blue Sky
Press. learning disability, orthopedic impairment
- Phipson, J. (1981). A Tide Flowing. New York: Atheneum.
- Platt, K. (1971) Hey, Dummy! Philadelphia: Chilton. brain
- Pollock, P. (1982) Keeping It Secret hearing impaired
- Porte, B. A. (1994). Something terrible happened. New York:
Orchard Books. HIV
- Rabe, B. (1981) The Balancing Girl paraplegic
- Rabe, B. (1987) Margaret's Moves. New York: Dutton. spina
- Rabinowitz, A. (1987). Knight on horseback. Macmillan. asthma
- Radley, G. (1984) CF in His Corner. New York: Four Winds
Press. cystic fibrosis
- Raskin, E. (1978). The Westing Game. New York: Avon Flare.
mobility impairment. The residents of Westing Towers are called
together when Mr. Westing's will is read. In the will, Westing
claims to be murdered by one of the people present at the reading,
and he promises to leave his fortune to the person who apprehends
the murderer. Each person present is assigned a partner, and
several crazy days follow as each pair tries for the prize.
Newbery Award winner
- Rickett, F. & McGraw, S. (1981) Totaled. Ballantine.
- Rich, L. D. (1970) Three of a Kind. New York: Watts.
- Richmond, S. Wheels for Walking. Little, Brown. paraplegia
- Rinaldo, C. L. (1974). Dark dreams. New York: Harper &
Row. heart condition. Carlo, who is recovering from rheumatic
fever, stays with his grandmother because his father is away at
war. Carlo befriends Joey J, a brain-damaged man.
- Riskind, R. (1981) Apple is My Sign. deaf
- Roberts, W. D. (1987). Sugar isn't everything: A support book,
in fiction form, for the young diabetic. New York: Antheneum.
Diabetes. Amy initially has trouble adjusting to her newly
diagnosed diabetes, but she eventually learns to adapt.
- Roberts, W. D. (1977) Don't Hurt Laurie! New York: Aladdin
Books. bone disease. Laurie is physically abused by her mother.
Things finally come to a head when the dog Laurie and her friend
George have been hiding in the woods comes into Laurie's house,
and Laurie's mother beats her in front of Laurie's stepbrother.
- Robinet, H. G. (1980) Ride the Red Cycle brain damage
- Robinson, V. (1965) David in Silence deaf
- Rodowsky, C. F. (1976) What About Me? New York: Viking Press.
- Rodowsky, C. (1985). Julie's daughter. New York: Farrar Straus
Giroux. Cancer. Slug, who has been raised by her grandmother
because Julie, her mother, abandoned her when she was a baby, goes
to live with Julie when her grandmother dies. When a neighbor
becomes ill with cancer, Slug, Julie, and some other neighbors
help care for her so she won't have to go to a nursing home. an
ALA Best Book for Young Adults a School Library Journal Best Book
- Rosofsky, I. (1991) My Aunt Ruth. New York: HarperCollins.
Diabetes. When Patty's Aunt Ruth must have both legs amputated as
the result of complications from her diabetes, her husband leaves
her, and she must revise her career goals. Ruth handles these
changes with incredible courage.
- Rounds, G. (1980) Blind Outlaw mute
- Roy, R. (1982) Where's Buddy? New York: Clarion Books.
Diabetic. When Mike discovers that his brother, who has diabetes,
has disappeared without his insulin, he spends a frantic afternoon
looking for him.
- Rydberg, E. (1965) The Dark of the Cave. male
- Sachs, E. A. (1981). Just like always. New York: Atheneum.
Scoliosis. Janie and Courtney are very different, but they become
close friends when they are both hospitalized with scoliosis.
- Sachs, E. A. (1984). Where are you, cow patty?. New York:
Atheneum. Scoliosis. Also called I love you, Janie Tannenbaum,
this is the sequel to Just like always. Janie feels left out when
her two best friends, Courtney and Harold, become infatuated with
- Sachs, M. (1971) The Bears' House. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.
- Savitz, H. M. (1970) Fly, Wheels, Fly. New York, John Day.
- Savitz, H. M. (1973) On the Move. New York, John Day.
- Schotter, R. (1979) A Matter of Time. New York: Collins.
- Sherburne, Z. (1963) Stranger in the House. New York: William
Morrow & Company. mental illness
- Sherburne, Z. (1974) Why Have the Birds Stopped Singing? New
York: William Morrow & Company. seizure disorder
- Shreve, S. (1991) The Gift of the Girl Who Couldn't Hear.
- Shyer, M. F. (1978) Welcome Home, Jellybean. New York: Charles
Scribner's Sons. cognitive impairment.
- Singer, M. (1978). It can't hurt forever. NY: Harper. heart
condition. Ellie is very frightened when she is hospitalized for
- Slepian, J. (1980) The Alfred Summer. New York: Macmillan.
cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities including seizure disorder,
missing larynx Four youngsters who feel like misfits band together
and build a boat.
- Slepian, J. (1981) Lester's Turn. New York: Macmillan.
cerebral palsy, cognitively impaired
- Slote, A (1973) Hang tough, Paul Mather. NY: Harper. cancer.
Paul forges his father's signature so he can play baseball. Paul's
parents do not want him to play because he has leukemia. Paul
collapses during the game and is hospitalized.
- Smith, D. B. (1975) Kelly's Creek. New York: Crowell.
- Smith, G. (1974) The Hayburners. New York: Delacorte.
- Smith, N. C. (1982) The Falling Apart Winter. mental illness
- Snyder, Z. K. (1974) The Witches of Worm. New York: Atheneum.
emotional disturbance. Newbery Honor Book Jessica thinks her cat
is possessed by a witch, and she does all the awful things she
thinks the cat tells her to do.
- Snyder, Z. K. (1995) The Trespassers. New York: Delacorte.
- Sobol, H. L. (1977) My Brother Steven Is Retarded. New York:
Macmillan. cognitive impairment
- Sorensen, V. (1956) Miracles on Maple Hill. San Diego:
Harcourt Brace & Company. depression, heart condition. Marly's
father returns from the war depressed and tired, so the family
moves to Maple Hill where the miracles of nature help him heal.
Newbery Medal winner
- Southall, I. (1969) Let the Balloon Go cerebral palsy
- Spence, E. (1973) The Nothing Place. deaf
- Spyri, J. (1884) Heidi. Lame This is the classic story of the
orphaned Swiss mountain girl.
- Starkman, N. (1989). Z's gift. Seattle: Comprehensive Health
Education Foundation. HIV. Z's teacher has AIDS.
- Stein, S. B. (1974) About Handicaps. New York: Walker.
- Strasser, T. (1981). Friends till the end. New York: Delacorte
- Sutcliffe, R. (1970) The Witch's Brat. New York: Walck. lame
- Swenson, J. H. & Kunz, R. B. (1986) Learning My Way: I'm a
Winner! learning disabled
- Tate, J. (1974). Ben and Annie. Leicester: Brockhampton Press.
- Taylor, T. (1969) The Cay. New York: Doubleday. blind
- Taylor, T. (1974) Teetoncey. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.
emotional illness A small girl is the sole survivor of a
shipwreck, and Ben's mother is determined to nurse her back to
health despite the local physician's assertion that she will
always be a "vegetable" and therefore should be institutionalized.
With Ben's grudging assistance, his mother succeeds in restoring
the girl's speech and memory.
- Taylor, T. (1991) Tuck Triumphant. New York: Doubleday.
- Teague, S. (1987) The King of Hearts' Heart brain damage
- Terris, S. (1972) The Drowning Boy. Garden City, NY:
Doubleday. emotional disturbance
- Thesman, J. (1989). Appointment with a stranger. Houghton.
- Thesman, J. The Last April Dancers. Houghton Mifflin. mental
- Thiele, C. (1988) Jodie's Journey. New York: Harper. juvenile
- Thomas, D. C. (1973). Pablito's new feet. Philadelphia:
Lippincott. after-effects of polio. Pablito has been paralyzed due
to polio. His family is very supportive when he goes to the
hospital to have surgery that will enable him to walk.
- Thrasher, C. (1975). The dark didn't catch me. New York:
Atheneum. seizure disorder
- Voigt, C. Izzy, Willy-Nilly. Amputee. After being in an
accident involving a drunken driver, Izzy must adjust to the
amputation of her lower leg.
- Wallace, B. (1990) Christmas Spurs. New York: Holiday House.
Leukemia. Nick's younger brother Jimmy is sick with and dies from
leukemia. When Jimmy is alive, he breaks Nick's toy spurs and
offers Nick his Stetson hat in compensation. Nick refuses the hat.
When Jimmy dies, he tells Nick he wants him to have the hat, but
Nick refuses to take it. After Jimmy's death Nick fixes the spurs,
and the hat disappears, presumably taken away by Jimmy's spirit.
- Wallace-Brodeur, R. (1984) Callie's Way. New York: Atheneum.
after-effects of stroke. Callie, daughter of a musician and a
minister, feels like a misfit in her own family. She makes friends
with a nursing home resident.
- Watson, S. (1973). The partisan. New York: Macmillan. asthma
- Weeks, S. (1995). Red ribbon. New York: Laura Geringer Book.
- Weik, M. H. (1966) The Jazz Man. lame
- Werlin, N. (1994) Are You Alone on Purpose? Houghton Mifflin.
- White, P. (1978) Janet at School spina bifida
- White, R. & Cunningham, A. M. (1991) Ryan White: My Own
Story. New York: Signet. HIV
- Wilder, L. I. (1939) By the Shores of Silver Lake. New York:
Harper & Row. Blind. Laura Ingalls and her family, American
pioneers, move to DeSmet, in the Dakotas.
- Wilkinson, B. S. (1975). Ludell. New York: HarperCollins.
Asthma. Ludell is an African-American girl with asthma being
brought up by her grandmother in Georgia in the 1950s. This book
describes her life from fifth through seventh grade.
- Wilkinson, B. S. (1977) Ludell and Willie. New York: Harper
& Row. Asthma. Ludell is an African-American girl being
brought up by her grandmother in Georgia in the 1950s. This book
describes Ludell's relationship with her boyfriend Willie.
- William, K. Deadly Summer. Bantam. mental illness Sweet Valley
- Williams, B. (1987). Beheaded, survived. New York: Franklin
Watts. Diabetes. While on a teens' tour of England, Jane befriends
a troubled boy. Winner, Utah Arts Council Publication Prize
- Wilson, N. H. Bringing Nettie Back. New York: MacMillan. brain
- Wilson, N. H. (1994) A nose for trouble. New York: Avon
Camelot. spina bifida. Maggie figures out what is causing the fire
alarm to go off repeatedly during her first day at a new school.
- Windsor, P. (1973) The Summer Before. New York: Harper &
Row. emotionally disturbed
- Winthrop, E. (1975). A little demonstration of affection. New
York: Dell. Asthma. Jenny and Charley's parents are very distant
and undemonstrative, so when Charley's dog is shot, Jenny and
Charley comfort one another. Their closeness leads to sexual
feelings which both youngsters find confusing and upsetting. ALA
- Winthrop, E. (1979). Marathon Miranda. New York: Holiday
House, Inc. asthma. Miranda's asthma goes away when she takes up
- Winthrop, E. (1980). Miranda in the Middle. New York: Holiday
House, Inc. asthma. Miranda's friend Phoebe is dating a boy
without her parents' knowledge and asks Miranda to lie for her.
Miranda's brother Alex is "studying" Miranda's friend Michael
Oliver for a science project, and Alex expects Miranda to keep
this from Michael Oliver.
- Wolitzer, H. (1984). Wish you were here. New York: Farrar
Straus Giroux. Asthma. Bernie's father died of a heart attack two
years ago, and Bernie's mother is about to remarry. Bernie decides
to move to Florida to live with his grandfather, so he plots to
raise money for the air fare.
- Wood, J. R. (1992) The Man Who Loved Clowns. New York: Putnam.
- Woodruff, E. Ghosts don't get goosebumps. asthma
- Wright, B. R. (1986) The Summer of Mrs. MacGregor. New York:
Holiday House, Inc. heart condition, emotional disturbance, after-
effects of stroke During the summer when her older sister is in
the hospital, Caroline works for a cantankerous old man and makes
friends with an older girl who, unbeknownst to Caroline, lies and
- Wrightson, P. (1968) A Racecourse for Andy. New York: Harcourt
Brace cognitively impaired
- Yolen, J. (1977) The Seeing Stick. Blind. A blind princess is
taught to see with her fingers by a blind elderly man.
- Yolen, J. (1978) The Mermaid's Three Wisdoms. hearing impaired
- Young, H. (1980) What Difference Does it Make, Danny? London:
Andre Deutsch, Ltd. seizure disorder
- Zindel, P. (1968). The Pigman. New York: Bantam. heart
disease. While making crank telephone calls, Lorraine and John
meet Mr. Pignati, whom they tell they are collecting money for a
charity. Mr. Pignati gives $10 and invites them to accompany him
to the zoo, which they do. Soon they become friends with Mr.
Pignati, visiting him nearly every day after school. Mr. Pignati
enjoys' the teenagers' company, plays with them, and buys them
food and other items. One day the three are roller skating, and
Mr. Pignati has a heart attack. In the hospital, Mr. Pignati gives
Lorraine and John the keys to his house. Lorraine and John
continue to visit the house each day while Mr. Pignati is
hospitalized. They begin to explore their romantic feelings for
each other. One day they decide to throw a party and invite many
friends. Much damage is done to the house, neighbors call the
police, and Mr. Pignati arrives at home in the middle of the
party. When he sees the damage that was done to his beloved pig
collection, Mr. Pignati cries. He does not, however, press
charges, and he forgives John and Lorraine, who try to make amends
by offering to take him to the zoo. At the zoo, Mr. Pignati learns
that his favorite baboon died of pneumonia while he was in the
hospital. As a result of this shock, Mr. Pignati has a heart
attack and dies.
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