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Booklists are available in the Youth Services Department.

Shark Girl (YA BIN)

by Kelly Bingham

After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring artist, struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it imposes on her day-to-day life and her plans for the future.

Tangerine (YA BLO)

by Edward Bloor

Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

Crazy Lady! (YA CON)

by Jane Conly

As he tries to come to terms with his mother’s death, Vernon finds solace in his growing relationship with the neighborhood outcasts, an alcoholic and her retarded son.

The Falconmaster (YA FEV)

by R.L. La Fevers

Ten-year-old Wat, a crippled boy living in Norman England, rescues two baby falcons and is led to discover the grandfather he never knew and the powerful magic that resides in the deep forest and in himself.

Shadow Spinner (YA FLE)

by Susan Fletcher

When Marjan, a thirteen-year-old crippled girl, joins the Sultan’s harem in ancient Persia, she gathers for Shahrazad the stories which will save the queen’s life.

Secrets in the Fire (YA MAN)

by Henning Mankell

As a victim of a landmine and a child of war-torn Mozambique, Sophia turns to a village elder for advice and soon finds ways to cope with her difficult circumstances in order to grow into a person with great strength and determination.

The Monument (YA PAU)

by Gary Paulsen

Thirteen-year-old Rocky, self-conscious about the braces on her leg, has her life changed by the remarkable artist who comes to her small Kansas town to design a war memorial.

Freak the Mighty (YA PHI, YA CD PHI)

by Rodman Philbrick

At the beginning of eighth grade, learning-disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team.

Stuck in Neutral (YA TRU, YA LP TRU)

by Terry Trueman

Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and limited functioning, relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him.

Izzy Willy-Nilly (YA VOI)

by Cynthia Voigt

A car accident causes fifteen-year-old Izzy to lose one leg and face the need to start building a new life as an amputee.

Leap (YA ZAL)

by Jane Breskin Zalben

In the midst of the usual teenaged angst over romantic relationships and figuring out their place in the world, childhood friends Krista and Daniel reconnect when, in the sixth grade, Daniel is temporarily paralyzed.

Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board  (YA 920 Hamilton, B.)

by Bethany Hamilton

The amazing story of the thirteen-year-old surfer girl who lost her arm in a shark attack but never lost her faith — and of her triumphant return to competitive surfing.