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Helping Hands — Stories About Giving

Most kids really do want to be helpful and the transformative experience of helping others is a common theme in young adult fiction. Here’s a selection of titles that focus on the altruism of fictional characters who, by giving of themselves and helping others, help themselves as well.

Portrait of contemporary young enslaved Sudanese woman

Dream Freedom

Sonia Levitin
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Historical Fiction
Published:
2000
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Kurt Vonnegut
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
1965
Freak the Mighty

Freak the Mighty

Rodman Philbrick
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2001
The Midnight Charter

The Midnight Charter

David Whitley
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fantasy, Science fiction / Dystopian
Published:
2009
How to Build a House

How to Build a House

Dana Reinhardt
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Romance
Published:
2008
Graceling

Graceling

Kristin Cashore
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fantasy, Fiction
Published:
2008

The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place

E.L. Konigsburg
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2004
schooled

Schooled

Gordon Korman
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2008
Hoot

Hoot

Carl Hiaasen
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2002

Weeping Under This Same Moon

Jana Laiz
Age Level:
YA
Home, and Other Big, Fat Lies

Home, and Other Big, Fat Lies

Jill Wolfson
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2006
Hope Was Here

Hope Was Here

Joan Bauer
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2001

Trixie Belden: The Secret of the Mansion

Julie Campbell
Age Level:
Middle Grade