We're All Different: Neurodivergent Reading

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We are all different! Check out this list of books for neurodivergent characters. 'Neurodivergent' means different ways of thinking. Sometimes it also means different ways of understanding information and emotions. ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, mental illness are depicted in these books. You can learn more about their experiences by reading!


L. D. Crichton
Description: Musically gifted seventeen-year-old Kyler and his new neighbor Lennon, who is crippled by her OCD, discover that the strength to survive, live, and love can be found in unexpected places.
Call Number: YA FIC Cri
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 30, 2021
Tamara Ireland Stone
Description: "After spending the summer at coding camp, Allie Navarro is excited to share the app she built with her friends, until it starts to cause problems between them"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Sto
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 30, 2021
Jennifer Niven
Description: No one takes the time to look past Libby Strout's weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom's death she picks up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now she's ready for high school, for new friends, for love-- for everything life has to offer. Jack Masselin's got swagger, he's mastered the impossible art of fitting in, and he has a newly acquired secret: he can't recognize faces. So he tries to never get too close to anyone. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game that which lands them in group counseling and community service, they make a connection. Will it be enough to change their worlds?
Call Number: YA FIC Niv
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 9, 2021
Aaron Karo
Description: Realizing that his OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) is out of control, seventeen-year-old Chuck Taylor, who wants to win his best friend back and impress a new girl at school, tries to break some hardcore habits, face his demons--and get messy.
Call Number: YA FIC Kar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 30, 2021
Dan Mooney
Description: "Struggling to cope with a tragic loss, Denis Murphy has, for the past seven years, learned to live differently. His friends are used to his strict routines, like ironing his socks and lighting his fireplace every Sunday (even in the summer). His forlorn mother puts up with his strange “no touching” antics, even though all she wants is a hug from her son. Really, the only problem is the four monsters he has for roommates. This ragtag bunch run his life, determined to create chaos in his orderly world. Then Rebecca, Denis's enigmatic ex-girlfriend from his former life, returns to town. Shocked to meet the new Denis--a broken man, unable to manage even the most basic social interactions--she becomes fixated on bringing back the funny, charismatic man she once loved. As Denis begins to emerge from his sheltered existence and rediscover the person he used to be, the monsters declare all-out war. Denis is finally forced to confront the demons that share his house, and his head."--Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Moo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 30, 2021
Janet Tashjian, Jake Tashjian
Description: Dubbed a "reluctant reader" by his teacher, twelve-year-old Derek spends summer vacation learning important lessons even though he does not complete his summer reading list.
Call Number: J FIC Tas
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 30, 2021
Elissa Brent Weissman
Description: For ten-year-old Gabe, the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment is all that he dreamed it would be, but he must work hard to write about the fun in letters to Zach, his cool future stepbrother, without revealing that it is a camp for "nerds."
Call Number: J FIC Wei
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 30, 2021
Corey Ann Haydu
Description: In an instant, Bea felt almost normal with Beck, and as if she could fall in love again, but things change when the psychotherapist who has been helping her deal with past romantic relationships puts her in a group with Beck--a group for teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Call Number: YA FIC Hay
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 30, 2021
Mark Haddon, Jeff Woodman
Description: Despite his overhwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
Call Number: FIC Had
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jul 30, 2021
Eileen Garvin
Description: "Forty-four-year-old Alice Holtzman is stuck in a dead-end job, bereft of family, and now reeling from the unexpected death of her husband. Alice has begun having panic attacks whenever she thinks about how her life hasn't turned out the way she dreamed. Even the beloved honeybees she raises in her spare time aren't helping her feel better these days. In the grip of a panic attack, she nearly collides with Jake--a troubled, paraplegic teenager with the tallest mohawk in Hood River County--while carrying 120,000 honeybees in the back of her pickup truck. Charmed by Jake's sincere interest in her bees and seeking to rescue him from his toxic home life, Alice surprises herself by inviting Jake to her farm. And then there's Harry, a twenty-four-year-old with debilitating social anxiety who is desperate for work. When he applies to Alice's ad for part-time farm help, he's shocked to find himself hired. As an unexpected friendship blossoms among Alice, Jake, and Harry, a nefarious pesticide company moves to town, threatening the local honeybee population and illuminating deep-seated corruption in the community. The unlikely trio must unite for the sake of the bees--and in the process, they just might forge a new future for themselves" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Gar
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 9, 2021
Rachael Lucas
Description: "Sometimes I feel like everyone else was handed a copy of the rules for life and mine got lost." Sixteen-year-old Grace has Asperger's, a horse, and a best friend who understands her, which is pretty much all she needs, but when she kisses Gabe and things start to change at home, suddenly everything threatens to fall apart, and it is up to Grace to fix it on her own.
Call Number: YA FIC Luc
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 4, 2021
Juliann Garey
Description: In a look at mental illness that weaves togther three timelines, Greyson Todd leaves his successful Hollywood career and wife and young daughter to travel the world, giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he has been forced to keep hidden for almost twenty years.
Call Number: FIC Gar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 30, 2021
John Green
Description: It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
Call Number: YA FIC Gre
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 9, 2021
Matthew Dicks
Description: Milo is a Connecticut home nurse and closet OCD sufferer, recently separated from his uptight wife. He stumbles onto a cache of videotapes that form a mysterious woman's video diary, in which she confesses her secrets and talks about the guilt she carries around about a childhood friend named Tess who disappeared and is, the woman believes, dead. The story prompts Milo to take a road trip to North Carolina to find Tess.
Call Number: FIC Dic
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 30, 2021
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All Our Broken Pieces
L. D. Crichton
YA FIC Cri
Ocd Love Story
Corey Ann Haydu
YA FIC Hay
Click'd
Tamara Ireland Stone
J FIC Sto
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time By Mark Haddon.
Mark Haddon, Jeff Woodman
FIC Had
Holding Up The Universe
Jennifer Niven
YA FIC Niv
The Music Of Bees : A Novel
Eileen Garvin
FIC Gar
Lexapros And Cons
Aaron Karo
YA FIC Kar
The State Of Grace
Rachael Lucas
YA FIC Luc
Me, Myself And Them
Dan Mooney
FIC Moo
Too Bright To Hear Too Loud To See
Juliann Garey
FIC Gar
My Life As A Book
Janet Tashjian, Jake Tashjian
J FIC Tas
Turtles All The Way Down
John Green
YA FIC Gre
Nerd Camp
Elissa Brent Weissman
J FIC Wei
Unexpectedly, Milo : A Novel
Matthew Dicks
FIC Dic