Rules by Cynthia Lord. Why: It’s about a girl whose brother has autism.
The Same Difference by Deborah Lynn Jacobs Why: It’s about a girl whose twin has autism.
Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith Why: It’s a gothic YA fantasy that appeals to the Buffy audience.
The Phoenix Dance by Dia Calhoun Why: It’s a fantasy novel with a protagonist who has bipolar illness.
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series – ancient mythology!
From the Cybils:
The Bartimaeus Series by Jonathan Stroud
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan