November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Critics Question the Representation of Disability in ‘Wonder’

While fans of Wonder await the feature film, critics claim that central character Auggie’s cranial facial deformity has been “softened” in the movie version the best-selling book by R.J. Palacio.

Book Review: Piper by Jay Asher, Jessica Freeburg, and Jeff Stokely

Publisher’s description Long ago, in a small village in the middle of a deep, dark forest, there lived a lonely, deaf girl named Maggie. Shunned by her village because of her disability, her only comfort comes from her vivid imagination. Maggie has a gift for inventing stories and dreams of one day finding her fairy-tale […]

Middle Grade Titles on Surviving and Thriving | SLJ Spotlight

Three new middle-grade titles feature protagonists overcoming illness and physical challenges.

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Caregiving Youth: Resources and a YA Booklist

In 1.3 million U.S. households, caregiving children support family members due to illness, disability, substance abuse, or other factors. These books and resources can help them.

The Illusion of “Normal” | SLJ Chats with Cammie McGovern About ‘Say What You Will’

Cammie McGovern aims to fill a gap in young adult literature with Say What You Will—featuring complicated, fleshed out characters with disabilities who live, fall in love, and make mistakes just like anyone else. She talks with SLJ about her inspiration for the novel, diversity in YA lit, and what she’s working on next.