What Are Some Good Books That Feature A Disabled Protagonist?
Posted on 19th of June, 2019

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Books with disabled protagonists is not as progressive as people may think. In fact, one of the earliest ones I know about was written in 1938 by Dalton Trumbo. The author wrote it in protest against the war and it is about an American soldier who is horrifically injured during the first World War. In terms of disability, things don't get much worse than what the protagonists of this book has to endure. He not only lost all of his limbs, but also his face, which left him blind, deaf and mute. The worst part of it all is that his mind still functions perfectly, so he is in essence trapped inside his own body. While his disability may make it sound like it would be impossible to be the "star" of a book, the author did a good job with conveying the emotions and struggles that this man has to endure.
I absolutely love how inclusive books have become in recent years, not only in terms of the diversity of the authors who now write, but also with the characters that they are able to come up with. Disability is something that is taking a bit longer to become mainstream in literature, but just like LGBTQ characters, I think it is something that is going to gain momentum. I make a point of only reading diverse books, so I have come across a few of them that have disabled characters in the lead. Here are my recommendations if you are interested in reading about really interesting protagonists who have to deal with some kind of disability in their lives.
Popular Characters With Disabilities Books
Carry the Ocean (The Roosevelt, #1) ...
The War That Saved My Life (The War That Saved My Life, #1) ...
Far From You (Paperback) ...
The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years, #1) ...
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Paperback) ...
Of Mice and Men (Paperback) ...
Out of My Mind (Hardcover)

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