Coming Together 2022: Books for Teens

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  • Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally

    2021 by Ladau, Emily

    An approachable guide to being a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do, what not to do, and how you can help make the world a more accessible, inclusive place.

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  • Disability Visibility: 17 First-Person Stories for Today Adapted for Young Adults


    These eye-opening essays, all written by disabled people, offer keen insight into the complex and rich disability experience, examining life's ableism and inequality, its challenges and losses. The accounts in this collection ask readers to think about disabled people not as individuals who need to be “fixed,” but as members of a community with its own history, culture, and movements.

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  • (Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health


    What does it mean to be crazy? Is using the word crazy offensive? What happens when a label like that gets attached to your everyday experiences? To understand mental health, we need to talk openly about it. If you’ve ever struggled with your mental health, or know someone who has, come on in, turn the pages . . . and let’s get talking.

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  • Laughing at My Nightmare

    2014 by Burcaw, Shane

    With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw's Laughing at My Nightmare describes the challenges he faces as a 21-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a "you-only-live-once" perspective on life.

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  • Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens


    This anthology explores disability in fictional tales told from the viewpoint of disabled characters, written by disabled creators. With stories in various genres about first loves, friendship, war, travel, and more, this book offers a glimpse into the lives of disabled people in the past, present, and future.

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  • Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse

    2019 by Burcaw, Shane

    With his signature wit, twentysomething author, blogger, and entrepreneur Shane Burcaw is back with essays about living a full life in a body that many people perceive as a tragedy. On the surface, these essays are about day-to-day life as a wheelchair user with a degenerative disease, but they are actually about family, love, and coming of age.

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  • Continuum

    2021 by Man, Chella

    The author uses his own experiences as a deaf, transgender, genderqueer, Jewish person of color to talk about cultivating self-acceptance and acting as one’s own representation.

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  • This Is My Brain in Love

    2020 by Gregorio, I. W.

    When Jocelyn's father tells her their family restaurant may be going under, it's up to Jocelyn and their unlikely new employee, Will, to save A-Plus Chinese Garden. What starts off as a rocky partnership soon grows into something more. But it will take everything they have, and more, to save the family restaurant and their budding romance.

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