Voices from the Margins: An Annotated Bibliography of Fiction on Disabilities and Differences for Young People

Voices from the Margins: An Annotated Bibliography of Fiction on Disabilities and Differences for Young People

Voices from the Margins: An Annotated Bibliography of Fiction on Disabilities and Differences for Young People

Voices from the Margins: An Annotated Bibliography of Fiction on Disabilities and Differences for Young People

Synopsis

Young people who feel marginalized due to physical differences or disabilities may benefit from discovering fictional characters who face similar difficulties. This unique bibliography surveys the field of children's and young adult literature published since 1990, identifying 200 quality books that deal with a wide range of contemporary health and self-image topics.

Excerpt

I have entered high school with the wrong hair, the wrong clothes, the wrong attitude. And I don’t have anyone to sit with.

—Melinda, high school freshman

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

I’m wired bad, or wired mad, or wired sad, or wired glad. But there is no doubt about it, I’m wired.

—Joey, middle-grader

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos

Welcome to Wheelchair World.

—David, eighth grader

Rebound by Eric Walters

Talk to me, not about me.

—Sarah, twelve-year-old

On Being Sarah by Elizabeth Helfman

These are the voices of young people who have been marginalized by their obvious and not-so-obvious disabilities and differences. They are puzzle pieces that don’t fit in, square pegs, kids who are picked last for teams, and children who sit alone in the lunchroom. They are called hurtful names. They’re treated as if they don’t exist. They desperately want to fit in and have friends, but they usually fail to do so. Voices from the Margins is for and about readers like Melinda, Joey, David, and Sarah and their teachers, librarians, families, and friends. It is for everyone who is personally and professionally involved with young people and books and for everyone who wants to listen to voices from the margins.

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