Hot Hand

What does it mean to be a true teammate?  How can someone be a good teammate if it seems like no one is on his team at home? In Mike Lupica’s Hot Hand, the main character, Billy Raynor, is the best shooter in his basketball league.  His dad and coach, Joe Raynor, wants Billy to be a pass first player, but

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Anything But Typical

Anything But Typical was the title that caught my attention and pulled me into the mind of Jason Blake, an autistic 12 year old.  Nora Raleigh Baskin, the author of Anything But Typical, has created a world in which this neurotypical boy lives in nightmare.  “I am like a leaf on a river, riding along the top of the water,

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Say What You Will

Say What You Will is an inspiring and moving story about a disabled teenager named Amy. Amy cannot walk or talk on her own. Instead, she uses a walker and a Pathway, a device in which she would type in the things she wanted to say and it would say them for her.  She has a group of peer helpers,

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Counting by 7’s

Counting by 7’s, a New York Times Bestseller by Holly Goldberg Sloan, is an inspiring story of a young adopted girl named Willow Chance. She is very different from the average teenager. Categorically, she is a genius.  She is the kind of girl that is interested in everything she sees. But some things, like plants and medical conditions, interest her more than her

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Free Thaddeus

George Piepgras November 15, 2014 Free Thaddeus Free Thaddeus, a novel by John Gosselink, is an exciting story told by a 7th grader named Thaddeus. Thaddeus is a perfectly intelligent student who has interesting ideas about how the Crooked Creek Middle School should be run.  Unfortunately the principal Frank Cooper has different ways of thinking. When Thadeus implements one of

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