Medical Fiction: Neurology, Injury and Disabi

Disability

Back Home by Julia Keller, Y Fiction Keller
Thirteen-year-old Rachel Browning understands that her father will be different after being injured in the Iraq War, but no one is prepared for the impact that his traumatic brain injury and other wounds have on the entire family.

Blind Sighted by Peter Moore, Y Fiction Moore
Kirk, a creative misfit who is in trouble at high school because he is bored with his classes, learns to deal with his alcoholic mother, new friends, and life with the help of a blind young woman who hires him to read to her.

Bull Rider by Suzanne Morgan Williams, Y Fiction Williams
When his older brother, a bull-riding champion, returns from the Iraq War partially paralyzed, fourteen-year-old Cam takes a break from skateboarding to enter a bull-riding contest, in hopes of winning the $15,000 prize and motivating his depressed brother to continue with his rehabilitation.

Cruise Control by Terry Trueman, Y Fiction Trueman
A talented basketball player struggles to deal with the helplessness and anger that come with having a brother rendered completely dysfunctional by severe cerebral palsy and a father who deserted the family.

Dovey Coe by Frances O'Roark Dowell, Y Fiction Dowell
When accused of murder in her North Carolina mountain town in 1928, Dovey Coe, a stronged-willed twelve-year-old girl, comes to a new understanding of others, including her deaf brother.

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, Y Fiction Lowry
Suddenly orphaned and physically disabled, Kira is mysteriously removed from her squalid village to live in the palatial Council Edifice, where she is expected to use her gifts as a weaver to do the bidding of the all-powerful Guardians.

Mind's Eye by Paul Fleischman, Y Fiction Fleischman
A novel in play form in which sixteen-year-old Courtney, paralyzed in an accident, learns about the power of the mind from an elderly blind woman who takes Courtney on an imaginary journey to Italy using a 1910 guidebook.

Never So Green by Tim Johnston, Y Fiction Johnston
In Iowa in the 1970s, twelve-year-old Tex overcomes his self-consciousness about his deformed right hand to take baseball lessons from his stepfather and his tomboy stepsister, who harbors a dark secret.

Of Sound Mind by Jean Ferris, Y Fiction Ferris
Tired of interpreting for his deaf family and resentful of their reliance on him, high school senior Theo finds support and understanding from Ivy, a new student who also has a deaf parent.

Peeling the Onion by Wendy Orr, Y Fiction Orr
Following an automobile accident in which her neck is broken, a teenage karate champion begins a long and painful recovery with the help of her family.

Phoning a Dead Man by Gillian Cross, Y Fiction Cross
When John, a British demolitions expert, is supposedly killed blowing up a building in Siberia, his fiancée Annie insists on investigating, despite being in a wheelchair, and John's teenage sister Hayley goes along and finds that the Russian Mafia is involved.

Stoner and Spaz by Ron Koertge, Y Fiction Koertge
A troubled youth with cerebral palsy struggles toward self-acceptance with the help of a drug-addicted young woman.

Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman, Y Fiction Trueman
Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him.

Tangerine by Edward Bloor, Y Fiction 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.

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements, Y Fiction Clements
When fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and finds himself invisible, he and his parents and his new blind friend Alicia try to find out what caused his condition and how to reverse it.

Truesight by David Stahler, Y Fiction Stahler
In a distant frontier world, thirteen-year-old Jacob is uncertain of his future in a community that considers blindness a virtue and "Seers" as aberrations.

Injury

All We Know of Heaven: A Novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Y Fiction Mitchard
When Maureen and Bridget, two sixteen-year-old best friends who look like sisters, are in a terrible car accident and one of them dies, they are at first incorrectly identified at the hospital, and then, as Maureen achieves a remarkable recovery, she must deal with the repercussions of the accident, the mix-up, and some choices she made while she was getting better.

Beanball by Gene Fehler, Y Fiction Fehler
Relates, from diverse points of view, events surrounding the critical injury of popular and talented high school athlete, Luke "Wizard" Wallace, when he is hit in the face by a fastball.

Deadville by Ron Koertge, Y Fiction Koertge
While visiting an injured classmate in the hospital, sixteen-year-old Ryan, who is trying to come to terms with his sister's death from cancer, meets a young patient who claims to be able to see into the world where the dead live.

Face by Zephaniah Benjamin, Y Fiction Benjamin
A teenage boy's face is disfigured and burned in an automobile accident, and he must learn to deal with the changes in his life.

Firegirl by Tony Abbott, Y Fiction Abbott
A middle school boy's life is changed when Jessica, a girl disfigured by burns, starts attending his Catholic school while receiving treatment at a local hospital.

Open Ice by Pat Hughes, Y Fiction Hughes
Hockey has been Nick Taglio's life since he was five years old, so when a massive concussion benches him--possibly for good - everything seems to fall apart, including his schoolwork, his family relationships, his friendships, and his love life.

Playing With Matches by Brian Katcher, Y Fiction Katcher
While trying to find a girl who will date him, Missouri high school junior Leon Sanders befriends a lonely, disfigured female classmate.

Neurology

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Y Ficton Alexie
Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then-convinced his future lies off the rez--the bright 14 year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

Back Home by Julia Keller, Y Fiction Keller
Thirteen-year-old Rachel Browning understands that her father will be different after being injured in the Iraq War, but no one is prepared for the impact that his traumatic brain injury and other wounds have on the entire family.

Deadville by Ron Koertge, Y Fiction Koertge
While visiting an injured classmate in the hospital, sixteen-year-old Ryan, who is trying to come to terms with his sister's death from cancer, meets a young patient who claims to be able to see into the world where the dead live.

Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen, Y Fiction Friesen
Plagued by Tourette's syndrome and a stepfather who despises him, Sam meets an old man in his small Minnesota town who sends him on a road trip designed to help him discover the truth about his life.

The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick, Y Fiction Philbrick
After an earthquake has destroyed much of the planet, an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz begins the heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the Earth of a distant future.

Small Steps by Louis Sachar, Y Fiction Sachar
Three years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is trying hard to keep his life on track, but when his old pal X-Ray shows up with a tempting plan to make some easy money scalping concert tickets, Armpit reluctantly goes along.

So B. It: A Novel by Sarah Weeks, Y Fiction Weeks
After spending her life with her mentally retarded mother and agoraphobic neighbor, twelve-year-old Heidi sets out from Reno, Nevada, to New York to find out who she is.

Trigger by Susan Vaught, Y Fiction Vaught
Teenager Jersey Hatch must work through his extensive brain damage to figure out why he decided to shoot himself.