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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest 

by Ken Kesey
12/13/2017 Categories: classic handicaps movie

Image result for the one who flew over the cuckoo's nest bookWhen the unruly McMurphy joins the submissive patients of a psychiatric ward, he influences them to rebel against the attendants and nurses who routinely humiliate them and treat them with scorn. McMurphy goes head to head with the frighteningly influential Nurse Ratched as his antics become increasingly extreme. 

Hands down one of my favorite novels! The captivating characters, ironic humor, and emotional ending balance out the seriousness of the topics and events. Especially interesting is the fact that the story is told from the point of view of Chief Bromden, who is not completely sane himself and periodically lapses into moments of panicked hallucinations. 

Everyone should should read it! It is both depressing and happy at the same time. Kesey artfully criticizes the well-oiled machine that is society in this novel that encourages the reader to live their life freely and undeterred by others. 

Juila, 18

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Me Before You 

by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You is about two people who are nothing alike but fall in love anyway. He is a disabled man who misses his fast-paced life and she is a quirky girl stuck in a boring town. She teaches him that life does not have to be perfect to be good and he teaches her that life is an adventure.

I loved this book, it was thought-provoking and funny at the same time. I laughed and I cried. Any book that can make you feel emotions like that must have been written in such a way as to make you feel like you are part of the story.

If you like tear jerkers and stories about life's imperfections, you would love Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I highly recommend this book to fans of Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl and The Fault in Our Stars.

Amanda, 16

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All The Light We Cannot See 

by Anthony Doerr
05/20/2016 Categories: handicaps holocaust survival stories war

This book is an incredible story that follows the lives of a teen age girl and boy during WWII. All they have in common is the war, until their paths cross one day. The boy who is an orphaned is convinced to join the Nazi Party, but feels like he is not doing what's right. The girl who is blind, struggles as she is forced to leave her home in Paris, and live with her Great-Uncle.

All the Light We Cannot See is an amazing book because it shows an angle of the Holocaust not normally covered: the German's side. The characters are well developed, leaving you hopeful they'll do the right things.

If you love historical fiction, and a challenging read with incredible language, you'll love All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Amanda, 16

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Of Sound Mind 

by Jean Ferris
10/12/2015 Categories: family drama handicaps realistic fiction

Theo, who is a senior in high school, is the only hearing son of deaf parents. He meets a new girl at school, Ivy, and discovers that she is in a similar situation as him, as her dad is deaf but she is hearing. Theo's dedication to his family and Ivy is put to the test in various circumstances.

Of Sound Mind was a very intriguing book because it gave insight into Deaf Culture. I enjoy how loving and relatable the characters are in this story.

If you want to learn a little bit about Deaf Culture yet still get connected and fall in love with characters, you'd love Of Sound Mind by Jean Ferris.

Janae, 16

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Tuesdays with Morrie 

by Mitch Albom
09/26/2015 Categories: friendship handicaps true stories

Morrie was Mitch Albom's favorite college professor and the story starts off with Mitch's flashback to his graduation in which he says goodbye to Morrie, promising to keep in touch. Sixteen years after his graduation, Mitch discovers that Morrie has been diagnosed with ALS. From then on, Morrie and Mitch meet every Tuesday to talk about life, love, regrets, and the world.

Tuesdays With Morrie is an absolutely amazing story. It is filled with despair, but also shows a great bond between an old teacher and student. This opens the audience's eyes out to the real struggle of ALS and what individuals truly have to go through.

This book is great for everyone. I highly recommend everyone read it especially if you are one who participated in the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge;" it displays the symptoms of ALS and what loved ones have to go through.

Analyss, 17

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Of Mice and Men 

by John Steinbeck
09/26/2015 Categories: classic friendship handicaps

Of Mice and Men is a story about George and Lennie, who has the mind of a child, who aspire to own an acre of land and a shack for themselves. They are California laborers and work as much as they can to achieve their goal. After landing a job in Salinas Valley, their dreams have come closer, but Lennie's small mind causes him to do things that can possibly end their dream.

Of Mice and Men was a very short book, but very intriguing. I absolutely loved this book because it was so captivating and thrilling! I probably finished it in a whole day. It is a nice book to read and it has a very interesting plot.

I highly recommend this story to others. Teenagers will love this book and it will be one of the least boring books they will read in their high school career. Of Mice and Men is just a great read for everyone! Even my dad loves this story.

Analyss, 17

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Things Not Seen 

by Andrew Clements
04/27/2015 Categories: body image handicaps sci fi suspense

Things Not SeenThings Not Seen is about a teenage boy named Bobby who wakes up one day and discovers that he's invisible. When the police get involved with his unique (or is it unique?) situation he has to learn how to survive in a world where people are frightened by the unusual. Will Bobby ever become visible again? Or will he have to stay this way forever, lonely and isolated from everyone but the ones closest to him?

I like this book because it shows how people view things differently. When Alicia meets Bobby she thinks he's just a normal person because she's blind. Everyone else, on the other hand, freaked out when they heard or felt Bobby, but didn't see him.

I would recommend this book because it's good and interesting to think about things from different perspectives. People who like science fiction with a little bit of suspense would probably like this book. 

Julia, 13

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Johnny Tremain 

by Esther Forbes
12/08/2012 Categories: friendship handicaps historical

Johnny Tremain coverThis book is about a teenage boy named Johnny Tremain who lives in Boston before the American Revolution. He is an apprentice silversmith, and one day he takes an order from John Hancock for a sugar basin he needs in the next week. Johnny takes the order despite his master's decline and Johnny decides to work on it on the Sabbath, a day that no one is supposed to work on. Through all of the hustle and bustle of trying not to get caught, Johnny accidentally spills silver onto his hand. They have to wrap it up and act as if nothing happened and they leave it like that for a couple weeks. When they finally unwrap his hand, they see that the skin on his palm has melded to his thumb, leaving his hand unusable. He ends up having to look for other jobs since he needed two hands to be a silversmith and meets a couple friends and ends up doing some pretty historical things.

I did not like this book, and I thought it was an okay read. The reason for this was because the book never caught my attention. I found it really hard to immerse myself into it.

I do not reccomend this book to others. I had some of my friends try to read it as well and they couldn't find it interesting either. I think that the only kind of people that would find this book interesting would be historical fanatics given the fact that it is based in the pre-Amercain Revolution era and has an appearence of a couple famous historical people.

Kevin, 14

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The Memory Keepers Daughter 

by Kim Edwards

Memory Keepers Daughter coverThe book is about a doctor's wife giving birth to twins one is a girl and has down syndrome the other is a healthy boy. It describes the doctor's life and his family's, as well as his daughter's lives and how they grow up without knowing one another.

I personally enjoyed the book very much. It was a great story about a family secret kept for so long and it's just so exciting!

I would definitely recommend this book to others. I think they would enjoy it if they liked books that seem based on a true story but aren't!

Mariana, 14

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Of Mice and Men 

by John Steinbeck
04/30/2012 Categories: friendship handicaps

An old classic, Of Mice and Men recounts the sad tale of a friendship between two men, George and Lennie. Although it is a short book, this novel will keep you at the edge of your seat despite its simplicity.

Of Mice and Men is one of the few books that I like, just because of the messages and themes portrayed in the book. Even if you're not analyzing the brains out of this book in English class, this is still an enigmatic and enjoyable read.

As the language and length of the book are short and simple, anyone can read this. However, there is some profanity and slightly vulgar references in this book, which is why I suggest at least 8th grade and up.

Erica, 16

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