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Author: Nijkamp, Marieke et al
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Year Published: 2018
ISBN: 9780374306502
Grades: Grades 7-12

Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens

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Author and founding member of the We Need Diverse Books movement, Marieke Nijkamp, has compiled an anthology of thirteen short stories and one play about disabled teens, written entirely by authors identifying as disabled on a physical, mental, or neurodiverse axis. Authors include William Alexander, Fox Benwell, Keah Brown, Dhonielle Clayton, Corrine Duyvis, Heidi Heilig, Kody Keplinger, Katherine Locke, Karuna Riazi, Francisco X. Stork, Kayla Whaley and Kristine Wyllys. The collection reflects a wide range of genres, from science fiction, to paranormal horror, historical fiction, contemporary romance, fantasy and mystery, and covers a broad spectrum of disabilities, from mental illnesses to autism, cerebral palsy, chronic pain, visual impairment, irritable bowel syndrome, and mobility issues. The disabled protagonists all face challenges, but none are defined by their disabilities, leading us on a variety of journeys like a religious pilgrimage to Mecca, into the woods, to the movies, to historic Belgium, and even into outer space. The strong characters want to be seen and heard for the person they are rather than their mental and physical conditions, so these amazing vignettes have disabilities intersecting with race, socioeconomic status, gender and sexual orientations. These amazing short stories will empower both disabled and abled young adult readers who will be emotionally moved by the hope portrayed and celebrate this diverse collection.

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