Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. Ten-year-old August, who was born with severe facial deformities, is starting fifth grade at Beecher Prep after years of being homeschooled. Told through multiple perspectives, this is a story about courage in the face of adversity with a strong message of acceptance of differences. A great book for parents and children/teens to read and discuss together.
Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan. When Willow’s parents tragically and unexpectedly die, she relies on her one friend’s family and an apathetic school counselor to help her find her way in the world. This is a story about not labeling people, about family being what you make it, and about believing in yourself and others.