Disability Fiction

In recent weeks I have been searching for books with a character that has Cerebral Palsy in them. I could find plenty of non fiction but no fiction. I have two questions for readers of this page?

1. Do you know of any fiction with character that have CP?

2. If I were to write something would you be interested in reading it?

Please leave a comment with your answers

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17 responses to “Disability Fiction

  1. A publisher named Turtle Books has several books about a boy with CP, written by a grandmother for her grandson. Here is the url:

    http://www dot jasonandnordic dot com/

    One of their books scrolls through an Amazon widget on my sight.

  2. My son remembers a book called Petey… about a 6th-7th grade level we think.

  3. HeyMeg

    I’m biased, but of course I think my brother writes brilliant fiction involving CP, partly because he himself has CP. Some samplings at his site:

    http://fromyfd.wordpress.com/

  4. I have a whole list – although mainly of children’s fiction books. I read a book the other day which had a kid with autism and a man with CP as the main characters. I’ll go to the library and see if I can find it again (can’t remember the title… oops). E-mail me directly (heikefabig at bigpond dot com)and I will send you my list. I’m always looking for books like this (two of my kids have CP) so if I find any more, I’ll keep you posted.

  5. Pen

    Yes, I’d be interested. I often wonder what would’ve happened if Frodo had an impairment of some kind.

  6. Skallagrig by William Horwood

    This is a review of the book, with which I totally concur. It is fiction, but I suspect many children with cerebral palsy experienced these conditions in the past.

    This book is absolutely brilliant and so beautifully touches the emotions of the reader. It made me laugh and it made me cry. I cried often and long and deep.
    It is clear that William Horwood has been close to cerebal palsy and his daughter, Rachel, does suffer from this condition.
    The central figures are Arthur, a sufferer from the early part of the twentieth century, and Esther, a sufferer from the latter part of the same century. It explores the massive differences between the ways that they were perceived and the ways that they were treated because of those peceptions.
    Esther embarks on a quest to find Skallagrigg, without knowing what it is, and you must read the book to find out if she succeeds and what it means.
    The reader is drawn into the characters and I found myself living the rollercoaster emotional existance of both of them.
    I am constantly recommending this book to friends and family. Many of them find it difficult to get into the story but I encourage them to persevere. Whilst I can understand their difficulty, I had no trouble whatsoever and was captured from the first paragraph.
    If you are only ever going to read one more book in your life, it would have to be this one and no other. Trust me!

  7. Glee

    I thoroughly and very enthusiastically with Andrew about Skallagrig. When I first read this book I was stunned at the insight of feeling that William had.
    As a crip myself it was so refreshing and I cried too, for myself and My People.

    I kept thinking that it was a non-fiction story it is so real. It’s basically about “disability culture” which is something that we are denied. We don’t have culture we just have impairments and are a bloody nuisance and clutter up the place!!

    It’s big book and one that might be read to younger kids as a serial. They will be enthralled and will learn soo much for their own liberation.

    Go get it.

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