The June #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt Is…
This month’s #WotNReadingChallenge prompt is “A book with a disabled protagonist.”
For the last three months, the prompts for this challenge have been fairly easy. However, this prompt comes with a couple stipulations. First of all, when a prompt stipulates there is a protagonist, that book is always fiction. Secondly, this prompt is about trying to broaden your point of view. Therefore, choosing controversial books like Me Before You or The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime are against the spirit of the prompt. Both of those books look at disability from an abled perspective. Try to aim higher and think critically.
10 Choices for Your June #WotNReadingChallenge
Borderline by Mishell Baker
After a suicide attempt that led to the loss of both of her legs, Millie (who also has BPD) gets a second chance with the strange Arcadia Project. Unfortunately for her, she becomes tangled up in a mystery involving a missing movie star and the fairy world.
El Deafo by Cece Bell
El Deafo is a semi-autobiographical comic. Cece, as a rabbit, loses her hearing and has to cope with a hearing aid in school and the stigma that comes with that. She imagines herself as a superhero to deal with the unfair social situation.
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
In On the Edge of Gone, Denise is trying to escape the end of the world. She and her mother find their way onto a generation ship, but will TPTB find an autistic teenage girl worthy of a berth?
Hawkeye Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction, illustrated by David Aja and Javier Pulido
Although you would never know it from watching the films in the MCU, Hawkeye has often been written as deaf. This volume is the first in a celebrated run, in which issue 19 deals with his deafness through its art style.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
In The Cuckoo’s Calling, PI Cormoran Strike takes on the case of model Lula Landry. Did she fall from a hotel balcony, or was she pushed? In case you missed it, Robert Galbraith is JK Rowling’s pseudonym.
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
In the near future, there are rumors that mermaids roam the deepest oceans. A cruise ship of people interested in this rumor, including scientist Tory and autistic reporter Olivia, sails out to investigate this possibility. Spoiler alert: the mermaids are very real, and they’re very pleased that this ship has brought lunch right to them.
Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda
In Monstress, amputee Maika endeavors to revenge herself on the system that killed her mother and hurt her people. She discovers that she has a link to a powerful being, which may ruin her or help her reach her goal.
M.F.K. Book One by Nilah Magruder
M.F.K. began as a webcomic. In it, deaf protagonist Abbie is trying to journey through a wasteland. She gets waylaid by a sandstorm, and enters a town terrorized by powerful passersby.
Lock In by John Scalzi
In Lock In, new FBI agent Chris Shane must solve a suspicious death case that may be related to someone with Haden’s Syndrome. Although Haden’s Syndrome is not real, the fictional disease leads to issues that parallel issues in disability culture today.
Doom Patrol by Grant Morrison, illustrated by Richard Case and John Nyberg
Doom Patrol is a series from Vertigo comics. In that series, disabled superheroes come together to fight against the vicious Scissormen.
Have you read any of these books? Are there any other books with disabled protagonists that you enjoy? Talk about them in the comments!