My Friend Leslie
By: Maxine B. Rosenburg & George Ancona
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1983
Age Level: 9-12
In Karin’s kindergarten class Leslie stands apart at first. She’s smaller than her classmates, wears a hearing aid, and reads with her nose close to the book. Leslie is handicapped. The book is a sensitive portrait of a young friendship and of a captivating child for whom the word “handicapped” has no meaning.