The best realistic-fiction books about defining normal and mental health

Veronica Fuxa Author Of What Is Normal?
By Veronica Fuxa

The Books I Picked & Why

Blue Plate Special

By Susan Page Davis

Book cover of Blue Plate Special

Why this book?

I absolutely love and recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery or twist at the end of the story. The main characters, three teenage girls, in this book are so well thought out, and every chapter shows the transition of their own thoughts and dialects. It taught me that appearances aren’t always what’s in the mirror, and how much young adults to the elderly struggle and grow throughout their lives. Overall, this book is a fantastic story and worth the read!


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Define "Normal"

By Julie Anne Peters

Book cover of Define "Normal"

Why this book?

I absolutely love this book. The main characters, two teenage girls, who are total opposites, develop a friendship based on peer counseling together. They learn from each other and give each other comfort, advice, and more help on how to resolve their problems. It’s a great insight into what goes on in young adults’ lives. 


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The Sanatorium

By Sarah Pearse

Book cover of The Sanatorium

Why this book?

This book is a great mystery, the kind with jump scares and chills! The female detective not only tries to solve a crime happening at a hotel, but she must resolve a family tragedy that still haunts her. It’s a story of healing, horror, and facing your fears with a suspenseful ending. I wanted to read it in one evening, but it was very chilling to read!


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Out of My Mind

By Sharon M. Draper

Book cover of Out of My Mind

Why this book?

As an educator, I cannot recommend this book enough. It’s a powerful story defying stereotypes, and it’s a great read for parents, teachers, and children. I think of this book every time I have a challenging student because this book shows a child can show their understanding in so many ways. Teaching is an art and a skill difficult to master, and it’s important for educators to remember how kids feel when they’re in school. 


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Fish in a Tree

By Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Book cover of Fish in a Tree

Why this book?

This book is a great read for parents, teachers, and children. It's breaking down stereotypes in the field of education. It's perfect for book studies or book clubs at any level. I think everyone can get something different from this book.


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