WRC 2020: By or About a Person With a Disability

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  • You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino – When her new baby sister is born deaf, Jilly makes an online connection with a fellow fantasy fan, who happens to be black and deaf, and begins to learn about the many obstacles that exist in the world for people who are different from her.
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper – Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom – the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it – somehow.
  • Born Just Right by Jordan Reeves – Recounts Jordan’s journey growing up without the bottom half of her left arm, including her founding the non-profit Born Just Right, and the inspiration for her invention of Project Unicorn, a prosthetic that shoots glitter.
  • Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett – Simone, seventeen, HIV-positive and in love for the first time, decides that facing potential bullies head-on may be better than protecting her secret.
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction–if they don’t kill each other first.
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – Eighteen for the three hundred twenty-seventh time, Prince Rhen despairs of breaking the curse that turns him into a beast at the end of each day until feisty Harper enters his life.
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – Emerging from a life-threatening illness, a fiercely organized but unfulfilled computer geek with fibromyalgia recruits a mysterious artist to help her establish meaning in her life, before finding herself engaged in reckless but thrilling activities.
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – Binti is a young Himba girl with the chance of a lifetime: to attend the prestigious Oomza University. Despite her family’s concerns, Binti’s talent for mathematics and her aptitude with astrolabes make her a prime candidate to undertake this interstellar journey. But everything changes when the jellyfish-like Medusae attack Binti’s spaceship, leaving her the only survivor. Now, Binti must fend for herself, alone on a ship full of the beings who murdered her crew, with five days until she reaches her destination.
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make the heart tick.
  • The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis J Hall – Upon returning Khelathra-Ven after five years fighting a war in another universe, Captain John Wyndham finds himself looking for somewhere to live, and expediency forces him to take lodgings at 221b Martyrs Walk. His new housemate is Ms. Shaharazad Haas, a consulting sorceress of mercurial temperament and dark reputation. When Ms. Haas is enlisted to solve a case of blackmail against one of her former lovers, Miss Eirene Viola, Captain Wyndham finds himself drawn into a mystery that leads him from the salons of the literary set to the drowned back-alleys of Ven and even to a prison cell in lost Carcosa. Along the way he is beset by criminals, menaced by pirates, molested by vampires, almost devoured by mad gods, and called upon to punch a shark. But the further the companions go in pursuit of the elusive blackmailer, the more impossible the case appears. Then again, in Khelathra-Ven reality is flexible, and the impossible is Ms. Haas’ stock-in-trade.
  • We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist – “When I was twenty-five years old, it came to my attention that I had never had a girlfriend. At the time, I was actually under the impression that I was in a relationship, so this bit of news came as something of a shock.” Why was [Paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor] Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date since middle school and asked them straight up: what went wrong? The results of Josh’s semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here: from a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided ‘grand gesture’ at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love – or at least a girlfriend – in all the wrong places.
  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller – An autobiography that recounts Helen’s experiences as she adjusts to the world as a blind and deaf person. Helen begins the story by describing her earliest memories of sights and sounds and her memory of contracting the illness that resulted in her deafness and blindness. Helen devotes the rest of the book to describing her experiences learning to read, write, and speak under the tutelage of her teacher, Anne Sullivan. By the end of the book, the author’s descriptions of past and present come together to give the story continuity and meaning.
  • A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell – Homeless and jobless after being dishonorably discharged during the New Civil War, Dr. Janet Watson returns to Washington, D.C., where she is offered a place to stay by mysterious covert agent Sara Holmes.