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Edward the "Crazy Man"

by Marie Day
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: special needs, friendship, homelessness & poverty

Edward the “Crazy Man” is a touching, funny, and humane tale of one boy’s efforts to help one man and change perceptions about homelessness and schizophrenia.

Everyone called him “the Crazy Man.” But Charlie loved the sparkling blue eyes and fantastic outfits of this strange man on the street. One day Charlie overheard another kid making f …

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A River of Hands

Deaf Heritage Stories

by Symara Bonner; Jason Brace; Kayla Bradford & Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf
edition: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 11
  • Grade: 2 to 6
tagged: special needs, short stories

This anthology is written by young Deaf authors and illustrators and introduces kids to Deaf characters in a fun way. Within each story are how-to handsigns, vital lifestyle information, and interesting history on devices for the Deaf.

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Rebound

by Eric Walters
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: special needs, basketball, people with disabilities

It's like I said, it isn't what
you do with the shots you make,
but the ones that don't go in. The rebounds.

Sean vows that this year will be different: he'll stay out of trouble and make the basketball team, even if it means ditching his old friends.

David also needs to make a new start. A serious accident has left him confined to a wheelchair and h …

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River of Hands

Deaf Heritage Stories

edited by Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf; Symara Bonner, by Jason Brace & Kayla Bradford
edition: eBook
  • age: 7 to 11
  • Grade: 5
tagged: special needs

For children ages 7 to 11, this landmark anthology, written and illustrated by young Deaf people, introduces kids to Deaf characters in a fun way. Within each story are quirky illustrations, how-to handsigns, vital lifestyle information and interesting hi

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Dragon in the Clouds

by Rosemary Nelson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: special needs, self-esteem & self-reliance

The Okanagan summer stretches out in front of twelve-year-old Nikki like a sparkling rainbow, with lots of time to spend at the beach and with her horse, Ginger. When her cousin Trevor arrives in his wheelchair, spoiling all her plans, they take an instant dislike to one another. But a vision in the clouds will change both her and Trevor’s feelin …

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Hattie Pearl Click Click

by Emily Hearn, illustrated by Yvonne Cathcart
edition: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, special needs

When Janey was a young girl, she had a problem learning to read. The only person who seemed to recognize her difficulty was the effervescent Hattie Pearl. Told in flashback and set in the 1940s.

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Hal

by M Blakeslee
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: special needs

At seventeen, Hal Drucker is a determined lone wolf. He'll show his overprotective parents and the other kids that even though blind he's super smart and completely independent. Oh, he finds people useful at times, but he has no obligations. And actually needing anyone is just not his style.

Hal is, however, drawn to a spirited girl who challenges h …

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Franny and the Music Girl

by Emily Hearn, illustrated by Mark Thurman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: special needs, imagination & play, self-esteem & self-reliance

Franny embraces life. She loves to move fast, play with her friends and explore her neighbourhood looking for adventure. Like other children her age, she is happy, curious and vibrant. She also happens to use a wheelchair.

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