Learning disabilities is more than just a difference or difficulty learning: it is a neurological disorder that affects the brain to receive, process and store information. Most LD (learning disabilities) show up early in life when an individual is learning to speak, read, write, and do math, however because some people are good at hiding it, it may not be diagnosed until the teen years.
Here are some characters who have a learning disability in YA books...
Travis Roberts from Blue Fish by Pat Schmatz secretly can't read. Velveeta Wojciehowski is outrageous, loud and lonely. Travis is as diffident as Velveeta is chatty. He's the new kid, and Velveeta has been around forever. When they find each other, the same-old starts to look very different.
Foster from Close to Famous by Joan Bauer has a severe learning disability ad can not read. She dreams, however, of having her own cooking show one day. When she lands lands herself a gig baking for the local coffee shop, she gets herself some much-needed help in overcoming her biggest challenge- learning to read.
Sam from Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff is almost 11 when he discovers a locked box in the attic above his grandfather room and a piece of paper that says he was kidnapped. There are lots of other words, but Sam has always had trouble reading. He’s desperate to find out who he is, and must overcome his learning disability with the help of a friend.
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