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Meranda and the Legend of the Lake

by Meagan Mahoney
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 12
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, special needs, mermaids, multigenerational

Anne of Green Gables meets Song for a Whale with a touch of Nancy Drew in this debut middle-grade mystery

"Mahoney’s debut novel combines the fantastical and contemporary to create an accessible story for young readers ... An intriguing mystery set in the mythical backdrop of a coastal Canadian town, starring an unstoppable girl driven by curiosi …

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It’s Me, Henry!

by Stéphanie Deslauriers, illustrated by Geneviève Després, translated by Charles Simard
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: special needs, friendship, school & education

Henry marches to the beat of his own green thumb in this gentle picture book about a boy on the autism spectrum.

Henry doesn't remember to raise his hand and he prefers to call plants by their proper Latin names, much to the frustration of his classmates. Most days, Henry doesn't notice how different he is from the other kids in his grade, but some …

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The Grave Thief

by Dee Hahn
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: fantasy & magic, special needs, self-esteem & self-reliance

A twelve-year-old grave thief gets caught up in a royal heist in this compelling middle-grade fantasy in the vein of Kelley Armstrong's A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying.

Twelve-year-old Spade is a grave thief. With his father and brother, he digs up the recently deceased to steal jewels, the main form of trade in Wyndhail.

Digging graves works for Sp …

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On Cue

by Cristy Watson
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: special needs, theater, siblings

Can Randi find a way to make it all work out?

Randi wants to be an actress and is excited about practicing her craft in drama class. So she is devastated to learn the program has been cut. When her friends put together a successful proposal to have drama class taught as an extracurricular activity, Randi is thrilled—until reality sinks in. Extracu …

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Maxed Out

by Daphne Greer
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: hockey, death & dying, special needs

Twelve-year-old Max just wants to play hockey.

But ever since his dad died, Max's mom has been struggling. Now Max has to take his brother, Duncan, who is autistic, with him wherever he goes. Max's team is counting on him to help them win the upcoming playoff game against the Red Eagles, but one practice makes it clear that it's not safe to leave hi …

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Midnight and Moon

by Kelly Cooper, illustrated by Daniel Miyares
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: friendship, horses, special needs

A girl who doesn't fit in befriends a blind horse who also struggles to find his place in the herd. A beautiful picture book that helps readers celebrate the qualities that challenge us and make us different.

Moon cannot see but he hears sounds that other horses ignore: the eggshell crack of a meadow lark hatching. The glide of a salamander into the …

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A Sky-Blue Bench

by Bahram Rahman & Peggy Collins
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: special needs, self-esteem & self-reliance, school & education, diversity & multicultural

It's Afghan schoolgirl Aria's first day back at school since her accident. She's excited, but she's also worried about sitting on the hard floor all day with her new prosthetic "helper-leg."

Just as Aria feared, sitting on the floor is so uncomfortable that she can't think about learning at all. She knows that before the war changed many things in …

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Itani Finds His Way

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by Emily Jackson, illustrated by Jesus Lopez
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 10
  • Grade: 3 to 5
tagged: native canadian, polar regions, emotions & feelings, special needs

Itani is excited to go to camp for the summer! He has had a challenging school year, especially in math. His friends seem to understand things really quickly, but he has a hard time with it. He is looking forward to having fun at camp and not thinking about math! But when he gets to camp, he finds that new challenges keep coming up. See how his cou …

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