Now available in the Brunel Library are ten Dyslexia friendly short books:
- Tilt by Mary Hoffman – A historical fiction novel about a woman determined to fix the leaning tower of Pisa in 1299.
- The Harder they Fall by Bali Rai – A thriller novel about a young boy coping with the struggles of the 21st century.
- The Humiliation of Welton Blake by Alex Wheatle – A young adult comedy based around a boy who is thrown into unfortunate events.
- Over the line by Tom Palmer – A historical novel about a footballer’s experience in World War 1. Based on the Flanders Cup.
- The Disconnect by Keren David – A young adult fiction about a class who are given the opportunity to win money at the expense of not using their phones for six weeks.
- Clouded Vision by Linwood Barclay – A crime novel centring around a convicted fraudster who targets families by stating she has seen visions of their missing family member.
- The Little one by Lynda La Plante – A ghost story about a journalist who tricks her way into a former soap star’s mansion.
- The house on the old cliffs by Adrian Tchaikovsky – A paranormal novel about two men who join a search party to Hendry’s remote Scottish cliff-top home.
- The Breath by Joel Cornah – A sci-fi novel about a scientist and archaeologist who ventures into the ruins of the Planet Wanda V.
- The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James – A sci-fi fantasy novel about a watchmaker who works for a prestigious academy where students come from across the galaxy to
Most of these books were bought from Barrington Stokes, a dyslexia friendly book seller. They have plenty more to choose from if you enjoy the selection we have at Brunel.
What’s so unique about these books is that they have off-white pages to help with the contrast of colours, larger fonts and bigger spacing between letters to help people with dyslexia not skip over the letters as they read. I have dyslexia myself and do find it easier to read these than normally formatted books.
As well as dyslexia friendly books, we also have two new books both with an unusual format.
- Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi – A Dystopian romance which focuses on a girl whose touch can paralyze and kill people. What’s so unusual about this book is that it is in 1st person and the narrator crosses out things she has thought.
- Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – A sci-fi about a girl and her ex-boyfriend who are forced to work together as a war breaks out between two rival corporations. The book uses lots of different formats to not strain your eyes.
Dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. Many people have dyslexia that you might not realise, including:
- Leonardo Da Vinci
- Walt Disney
- Steven Spielberg
- Richard Branson
- And even Albert Einstein
These five people have influenced the world, some more than others yet they have all had dyslexia. Don’t hold yourself back because of it.