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Recommended books for grades 5-8

THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B, by Teresa Toten

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The story: Adam has OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), which makes the life of a 15-year-old teen–already complicated enough–even tougher. When Robyn walks into his support group one afternoon, Adam falls instantly in love with her, and vows that he’s going to make himself better so he can help her…but that’s a pretty tall order, especially as his own life is getting ready to spiral out of control. Half the people around him are “disordered” too, and the other half, though meaning well, just can’t help. But if Adam counts odd numbers, walks in circles, and performs all the other rituals correctly, things will work out. Right?

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: I thought this story was fascinating, disturbing, and sad. Adam has so many issues, and so many people pressing on him for so many different things, that it’s amazing he’s able to do anything about any of it. If you’re willing to do some thinking, this book will give you an up-close look at the life of someone with a mental disorder, and maybe help you cut someone a little slack one day when you meet someone like Adam.

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