Meet Auggie, born with a terrible facial deformity that has been only slightly improved by many operations. He's been home-schooled by his loving parents and his older sister, Via, adores him. The story begins when Auggie is about to start school in the 5th grade. This is a huge event not only for Auggie, but for his family who are desperate for him to be accepted.
Rowan has violent outbursts and hears voices in his head. His parents reluctantly admit him to a mental asylum where he is diagnosed with schizophrenia. World War 2 has begun, and the background of the war, its effects on Rowan's family, and the experimental treatments of mental illness are all woven into this amazing story.
Sadie Rose is 16, She is unable to speak or remember the events surrounding her mother's mysterious death eleven years earlier. Now she is the foster child of a corrupt senator in 1920s northern Minnesota, and is struggling to regain her voice, memory, and identity.
Alex has grown up with a clairvoyant single mother, and has been the target of local bullies. When he meets a reclusive man, an unlikely friendship develops and Alex learns that you only get one shot at life. So when his is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn of ashes and an entire nation in uproar, he’s fairly sure he’s done the right thing.
Stick is tall, thin and born with only one ear. Sound enters his head and gets jumbled in unusual ways. Bosten is Stick’s older brother,and he defends Stick against bullies. When Bosten, having admitted he is gay, must leave home and their abusive parents, Stick sets out to find him.
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbour's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother..
Quirky, not PC, sad yet LOL funny, and best of all, has hope for all. Junior is growing up on an Indian reservation. Born with water on the brain, at 14 he still looks a little weird, stutters and is a bit goofy, but extremely intelligent. All his life he’s been teased and bullied. Junior’s family is poor, his parents alcoholics, but when he wants to go to a white school off the rez, they do all they can to enable him to go.
Hazel has thyroid cancer at Stage 3. When a gorgeous boy named Augustus suddenly appears at Cancer kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. A heart-warming, sad, funny, beautifully-written novel.
Creepy is weird; he’s an outsider, an observer. And he’s in love with Maud next door. He watches her through his window, peering into her room with binoculars. Maud is also an oddity: she has a condition called trichotillomania – compulsive hair pulling – and an uneasy relationship with her parents. Yet both Creepy and Maud draw strength through their communication with each other.