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.