From the list on brilliant young disabled characters.
Who am I?
As an author who started writing after my child was born with a brain malformation resulting in autism, young neurodivergent/disabled characters who simultaneously possess some brilliant quality became literary gold for me. Readers are oftentimes blinded by the character’s disability. How can this inherently limited person possibly cope with whatever conflict kicks their story into gear? But because these quirkier characters tackle issues in nonconforming ways, they become leaders/heroes not by overcoming disabilities but by leaning into their true brilliance. There’s a heartfelt shift for me when this happens in a story, because those characters are more than their disability, exactly how I view my son.
Mary's book list on brilliant young disabled characters
Discover why each book is one of Mary's favorite books.
Why did Mary love this book?
How does ten-year-old August Pullman go about getting everyone to overlook his severe facial malformation, so they can get to know him as an otherwise normal kid?
Auggie’s charm grew on me a lot faster than it did with his classmates, setting Auggie up for disappointments and betrayal. I loved how other brilliant characters, like the English teacher with the precepts, Auggie’s amazing family, or his best friend, help him through some dark times. It was touching to see how Auggie’s very rare condition impacts everyone who cares for him.
I believe that the brilliance of this story should be appreciated by middle graders on up to the wisest of adults.
Why should I read it?
7 authors picked Wonder as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
'Has the power to move hearts and change minds' Guardian
'Tremendously uplifting and a novel of all-too-rare power' Sunday Express
'An amazing book . . . I absolutely loved it. I cried my eyes out' Tom Fletcher
Read the award-winning, multi-million copy bestselling phenomenon that is WONDER in this new tenth anniversary edition.
'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'
Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other…
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