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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
By: Jack Gantos
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Joey is out of control. He knows it, his mom knows it, and the school knows it. Nothing seems to remedy his behavior until Joey runs away from a class field trip, hurts a classmate, and is sent to a special education program. There, his medications are regulated and Joey achieves a level of control.

Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention
Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention
By: Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D.
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This book offers practical advice and tips on areas such as learning to relax, improving your memory, staying focused, getting homework done, and making friends.

Pay Attention, Slosh!
Pay Attention, Slosh!
By: Mark Smith
Illustrated by: Gail Piazza
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When Josh's friends call him "Slosh," it's particularly painful. Although he's smart when it comes to computers and math, Josh also has ADHD � Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder. After talking to his teacher, Josh's parents decide to take him to a doctor, and things start looking up. Best of all, over time, Josh's classmates come to appreciate him as just another one of the guys.

Phoebe Flower's Adventures: Phoebe's Best Best Friend
Phoebe Flower's Adventures: Phoebe's Best Best Friend
By: Barbara Roberts
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Phoebe Flower's is having some friendship troubles. Plus, her impulsivity and distractibility have landed her in trouble at school again. Her parents and the school principal decide that Phoebe needs a little help to get back on track. At first, Phoebe is worried when she hears her parents talking about something called ADD. But then her mother confides to Phoebe that she had similar problems as a girl. With Mom's encouragement, Phoebe struggles with a writing assignment. Completing it at last, Phoebe is proud of her accomplishment, and excited that, through her writing; she's discovered the true meaning of best friend.

Project June Bug
Project June Bug
By: Jackie Minniti
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Community

Life is good for Jenna Bianchi. She's just started her second year of teaching English at Morrison High School, a job she loves. She has a pet parrot with attitude. And there's a handsome math teacher who wants to be more than just friends. But everything changes when a defiant, disruptive tenth grader walks into her classroom.

With a smart mouth and a swagger to match, Michael Tayler is a problem for Jenna from the very first day. His school record screams troublemaker, and Jenna wonders if the new year is already doomed. But when she reads Michael's first poetry assignment, she recognizes it for what it truly is: a cry for help.

Michael's presence sets into motion a chain of events that turns Jenna’s perfect life upside-down and threatens to destroy her career. Faced with a challenge unlike anything she’s ever known, Jenna commits to doing what no one has done for Michael Tayler before.

Putting on the Brakes
Putting on the Brakes
By: Patricia O. Quinn, M.D. & Judith M. Stern
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

So you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I bet that means you also have a lot of questions, doubts, and fears. This book provides some answers as well as advice on how to deal with ADHD.

Trout and Me
Trout and Me
By: Susan Richards Shreve
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ever since first grade, Ben's been in trouble, even though he's really not a bad kid. He just can't seem to stop doing things that get him sent to the principal's office. His parents and wise older sister, Meg, swear he'll be fine in his own time, but when a new kid shows up in Ben's fifth-grade class, he's not so sure. Trout sticks to him like glue, and it's clear from the start that Trout is a much bigger troublemaker than Ben ever was. So when Ben gets diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), just like Trout, and then has to take Ritalin, just like Trout, he's not sure what to make of his friendship — especially when he starts to get a bad reputation. Is Trout's badness rubbing off on him? Can Ben make people understand it's the ADD, not Trout, causing the problems before it's too late?

What Would Joey Do?
What Would Joey Do?
By: Jack Gantos
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Life is especially tough for Joey. Not only does he struggle with ADHD, his family is truly dysfunctional. Readers will sense that Joey is a good kid who's trying to do the right things, but often without much support. Readers will likely laugh and weep for Joey.

Zipper - The Kid with ADHD
Zipper - The Kid with ADHD
By: Caroline Janover
Illustrated by: Rick Powell
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Zipper, is a bright, well-intentioned fifth-grader whose impulsive behavior gets him into trouble at home and at school. He speaks before he thinks, making it hard to keep friends; he forgets to do his homework; and although he's a talented pitcher, he misses a key baseball game. Follow Zipper as he discovers a newfound talent and learns to manage his Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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