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Disability in Fiction for Teens

Young adult fiction featuring characters with various physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Intended to raise awareness of the possibilities of life even with a disability. #OwnVoices whenever possible.

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Love from A to Z

By S. K. Ali
Narrated by: Priya Ayyar, Tim Chiou & S. K. Ali
Length: 9 hours 10 minutes

“The bighearted, wildly charming, painfully real love story I’ve been waiting for.” —Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

“Heartfelt and powerful.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

From William C. Morris Award Finalist S.K. Ali comes an unforgettable romance that is The Sun Is Also a Star meets... Read more »

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The Bone Houses

By Emily Lloyd-Jones
Length: 9 hours 9 minutes

The Bone Houses

“Featuring a pair of lovable, courageous misfits and their unexpectedly charming goat companion, "The Bone Houses" is truly a magical read. One part historical fiction, one part Welsh fairy tale, and one part zombie horror, this story will chill your bones and warm your heart in equal measure.”

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By Karol Ruth Silverstein
Narrated by: Laura Knight Keating
Length: 9 hours 24 minutes

I have this pathetic disease. Never mind what it’s called. Life doesn’t play by the rules, so fourteen-year-old Ricky decides she won’t either. Ricky’s rules allow for cursing, cutting school, and lying to the Disaster-Formerly-Known-As-Her-Parents. That is, until her truancy is discovered and she’s facing the threat of having to repeat ninth... Read more »

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The Running Dream

By Wendelin Van Draanen
Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
Length: 6 hours 58 minutes

The acclaimed author of Flipped delivers a powerful and healing story that’s perfect for anyone who’s ever thought that something was impossible. Readers will revel in the story of a girl who puts herself back together—and learns to dream bigger than ever before—after she’s told she’ll never run again.

Jessica thinks her life is over when she... Read more »

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Beauty Queens

By Libba Bray
Narrated by: Libba Bray
Length: 14 hours 33 minutes

The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and... Read more »

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Marcelo in the Real World

By Francisco Stork
Narrated by: Lincoln Hoppe
Length: 10 hours 7 minutes

Marcelo Sandoval hears music that nobody else can hear–part of an autism-like condition that no doctor has been able to identify. But his father has never fully believed in the music or Marcelo’s differences, and he challenges Marcelo to work in the mailroom of his law firm for the summer. . . to join “the real world.”

There Marcelo meets... Read more »

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By Audrey Coulthurst & Paula Garner
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley & Emma Galvin
Length: 9 hours 27 minutes

In a novel in two voices, a popular teen and an artistic loner forge an unlikely bond — and create an entire universe — via texts. But how long before the real world invades Starworld?

Sam Jones and Zoe Miller have one thing in common: they both want an escape from reality. Loner Sam flies under the radar at school and walks on eggshells at home...

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This Is Not a Love Scene

A Novel

By S. C. Megale
Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
Length: 7 hours 48 minutes

"This Is Not A Love Scene rings brilliantly true from the first page to the last." — David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Funny, emotional, and refreshingly honest, S.C. Megale’s This is Not a Love Scene is for anyone who can relate to feeling different while navigating the terrifying and thrilling waters of first love.


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The Ice Garden

By Guy Jones
Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
Length: 4 hours 2 minutes

Allergic to the sun, Jess sets out to explore the world she longs to be a part of by night. But what she discovers is a beautiful impossibility: a magical garden wrought of ice... Jess’s imagination has always been her best friend. She’s trained it to feel as real as it possibly can, especially in the stories she writes for Davie -- the young... Read more »

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A Time to Dance

By Padma Venkatraman
Narrated by: Padma Venkatraman
Length: 5 hours 1 minutes

Padma Venkatraman’s inspiring story of a young girl’s struggle to regain her passion and find a new peace is told lyrically through verse that captures the beauty and mystery of India and the ancient bharatanatyam dance form. This is a stunning novel about spiritual awakening, the power of art, and above all, the courage and resilience of the... Read more »

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Out of My Mind

By Sharon M. Draper
Narrated by: Sisi Aisha Johnson
Length: 6 hours 49 minutes

A New York Times bestseller for three years and counting!

“A gutsy, candid, and compelling story. It speaks volumes.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
“Unflinching and realistic.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes a story that will forever change how we all look at anyone with a disability,... Read more »

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Five Feet Apart

By Rachael Lippincott
Narrated by: Joy Osmanski & Corey Brill
Length: 6 hours 51 minutes

Five Feet Apart

“This story is a celebration of life. When our main characters, Stella and Will end up at the same hospital with CF, they are instantly curious about each other. However, while Stella does the best she can to stay on top of her treatments and regimes, Will is the complete opposite. Stella does not understand how Will could be so lax about things that could prolong his life. Will does not believe Stella is living her best life. Both have pasts they’d rather not speak about and both need each other, more than they realize. Where’s the irony, you ask? If they touch each other, they could die. With this in mind, “5 feet apart” becomes their lifeline and a normalcy, they cling to. This is a thrilling, heartbreaking and informative read, which will make you rethink the everyday.”

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By Sharon Flake
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin & Dominic Hoffman
Length: 4 hours 56 minutes

Award-winning author, Sharon G. Flake, presents a powerful novel about a teen boy and girl, each tackling disabilities.

Autumn and Adonis have nothing in common and everything in common. Autumn is outgoing and has lots of friends. Adonis is shy and not so eager to connect with people. But even with their differences, the two have one thing in... Read more »

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The Ables

Ables: Book #1

By Jeremy Scott
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Length: 14 hours 5 minutes

I did have fantastic hearing, mostly by virtue of being blind. But that couldn't actually mean that he's trying to tell me I have super powers, right? Because that would be ridiculous.

It wasn't the "sex talk" he expected. Phillip Sallinger's dad has told him he's a custodian—a guardian—and his genetically inherited power is telekinesis. He'll... Read more »

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Ables: Book #2

By Jeremy Scott
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Length: 7 hours 14 minutes

Three years after the showdown with Finch razed their hometown of Freepoint and changed their lives forever, Phillip and the rest of The Ables gang find another school year interrupted by a growing threat.

Relations with the government have never been more strained and the political rhetoric has shifted to a more hostile tone when discussing... Read more »

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The Girl in Red

By Christina Henry
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 8 hours 21 minutes

The Girl in Red

“When people started getting sick, Red started getting ready. A fan of horror stories and survivalist tales, she thought she knew what it would take to keep herself and her family safe. Unfortunately, her parents and older brother weren’t inclined to take her advice. And so she finds herself in the woods, hatchet in hand and backpack on, slowly making her way to her grandmother’s house all alone. The Girl in Red is Christina Henry’s (Alice, Lost Boy) retelling of a classic folktale, in which Little Red Riding Hood is not as defenseless as she seems. A fascinating reimagining, placing ability at the heart of the tale. While Red is strong of mind, body, and spirit, she continues to put one foot in front of the other, letting nothing and no-one stand in her way, and facing the lengths she would go to in order to protect herself and those more vulnerable than her, in order to make it to her grandmother’s house alive.”

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