Sometime it is just tough to be a kid…
Every kid has tough times, but some children have extra, real-life problems to deal with on top of the everyday stuff. Whether it be a disability or homelessness, the challenges can be real and feel overwhelming. Here are some of our recommendations for middle grade readers who are looking for a read to provide empathy or to provide insight and understanding. All the books look at the difficult topics in an age-appropriate and sensitive way. Also, the books are relatively contemporary in their settings–no fantasy or science fiction here. Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio is non-fiction, but the other titles are all fiction.
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The Book: Losing It by Erin Fry
The Problem: Extraordinary high intelligence leading to difficulties in social interactions. (And if that wasn’t enough, death of parents.)
The Book: Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Book: How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor
The Book: Paperboy by Vince Vawter
The Book: Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
The Book: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
The Book: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Book: Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret
The Book: Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick