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3 Halloween Reads Featuring Disability

Easterseals Thrive’s top three picks of spooky books featuring disability.

October is the best month for getting cozy with a cup of tea, a blanket, and a spooky book. It’s also the start of the Disability Readathon, a month-long event focused on reading texts by and about disabled people.

Take a look at some of our recommended Halloween reads below, and leave the name of your favorite scary book in the comments!

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

From Anna, one of the co-hosts of the Disability Readathon: “One of our main characters, Olive, is bisexual and deaf and wears a hearing aid. I am about 100 pages into this story, and it’s about a town where, after a party, objects randomly start going missing, and a mysterious spellbook may hold the answer to why.”

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. In this story, the Belle figure, now named Harper, has Cerebral Palsy. She’s pulled from a modern-day Washington, DC into a fantastical land with a brooding beast.

Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda

This recommendation is for all the graphic novel fans. Monstress follows a teen girl who is an amputee and lives with trauma from a war. She also has a symbiotic relationship with, well, a monster. The art reminds me of the ’20s, and is considered steampunk.


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