Synopses & Reviews
Fourteen-year-old Cameron understands that he has to take pills to stop hearing the voices in his head. But he likes the voices, especially the one he calls The Girl, a gentle, encouraging persona who wants to be his girlfriend. But after he has a public breakdown, his parents make him take the pills anyway. Distraught and furious at the loss of his girlfriend, Cameron turns to his friend Nina, a girl struggling with clinical depression. Like Cameron, Nina hates the numbing affects of her meds, and they make a pact to be rid of the pills altogether. Initially, they feel triumphant--they're regaining control over their lives and making their own decisions--but soon Cameron's untreated mind throws him into dangerous situations, and he becomes increasingly torn between the real world (with the real girl) and the one in his mind. Edward Averett, a clinical psychologist, is deeply concerned with the rights of young people and has woven a complex story of a loving family dealing with Schizophreniform disorder, and a young man at the center of it all, desperately trying to find his way into adulthood.
"In this tale of an unconventional love triangle, Averett (The Rhyming Season) explores what goes on in the mind of a rebellious teenager suffering from schizophreniform disorder, a short-term type of schizophrenia. Tired of his meddling parents and doctor, 14-year-old Cameron Galloway wants to be free of medication and the bad feelings it produces ('It's my own life I have to live. Don't I get to choose?'), so he secretly stops taking his pills. As a result, Cameron starts hearing voices again; one belongs to a girl, who apparently likes him. Around the same time, Cameron meets a real girl in the Emotionally Disturbed Program (EDP) at school, who desperately needs a friend. As the pressure to choose one girl over the other increases, the line between reality and fantasy blurs for Cameron, with potentially dangerous consequences. Without passing judgment, Averett addresses the issue of free choice versus protective care, sharing the pros and cons of Cameron's decision to refuse medication and exercise his rights. Readers will have no trouble recognizing the impact of Cameron's hallucinations and his burning need for independence. Ages 14 up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Without passing judgment, Averett addresses the issue of free choice versus protective care. . . Readers will have no trouble recognizing the impact of Cameron's hallucinations and his burning need for independence."
"Cameron's first-person narration allows access to an absorbing glimpse of schizophrenic behavior. . . . Thoughtful and eye-opening."
"This is a well-written, taut, and empathetic novel that provides readers with an unnerving vicarious experience."
—School Library Journal
"This novel is a nuanced treatment of a difficult topic, sustained by narrative drive."
"Averett does a good job of developing Cameron's situations in a way that helps the reader understand the true depth of the struggle that Cameron is facing; he uses language that makes the internal conflict explode off the page. This is a raw, real, quick read that looks into darkness of mental illness."
—VOYA, 4Q 3P J S
"[Averett's] accessible writing makes Cameron and his struggle vivid to young readers, and they'll find this an eye-opening walk in somebody else's shoes."
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Nolan leavens this haunting but hopeful story with spot-on humor and a well developed cast of characters, and she shows with moving clarity the emotional costs of mental illness, especially on teens forced to parent their own parents."—Booklist, starred review
"In this distinct and effective blend of sorrow and humor, Jason, once invisible to his classmates and used to the chaos at home, suffers the effects of change when he's enrolled in a lunch-hour group therapy with other wayward teens and his father is taken away...he slowly learns, with the help of his new friends and foster parents, normalcy and how to care for himself first."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Nolan balances weighty subject matter with humor, offering an intelligent portrayal of a boy's slow release of burdens too heavy to carry alone."—Publishers Weekly
"The sprinkling of recognizable poems...will titillate teenage poetry buffs, and the approachable emotive aspects will please readers." BULLETIN Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"[The Rhyming Season] will attract readers who are on the brink of transformation in their own lives." SLJ School Library Journal
A contemporary YA drama about a young man suffering from schizophreniform disorder, who falls into a love triangle with a girl in his class . . . and a girl in his head.
"Mad crashes into happy and sad bounces off of guilty until they all live in a big smoky heap in my mind." Fourteen-year-old Cameron Galloway of Lexington, Washington, understands that he has schizophreniform disorder and needs to take pills to quiet the voices in his head. But he likes the voices, especially the gentle, encouraging voice of The Girl. Conflicted, he turns to his friend Nina Savage, who is clinically depressed and can relate to his horror of the numbing effects of medication. They make a pact to ditch the pills. At first they feel triumphant, but soon Cameron's untreated mind goes haywire--to disastrous effect.
“A well-written, taut, and empathetic novel that provides readers with an unnerving vicarious experience.”—SLJ
Fourteen-year-old Cameron Galloway of Lexington, Washington, understands that he has schizophreniform disorder and needs to take pills to quiet the voices in his head. But he likes the voices, especially the gentle, encouraging voice of The Girl. Conflicted, he turns to his friend Nina Savage, who is clinically depressed and can relate to his horror of the numbing effects of medication. They make a pact to ditch the pills. At first they feel triumphant, but soon Camerons untreated mind goes haywire—to disastrous effect.
National Book Award winner Han Nolan brings us a powerful story of a young boys intriguing method of emotional survival as his father slowly succumbs to mental illness.
Fifteen-year-old Jason has fallen upon bad times—his mother has died and his father has succumbed to mental illness. As he tries to hold his crazy father and their crumbling home together, Jason relies on a host of imaginary friends for guidance as he stumbles along trying not to draw attention to his fathers deteriorating condition.
Both heartbreaking and funny, CRAZY lives up to the intense and compelling characters Han Nolan is praised for. As Jason himself teeters on the edge of insanity, Nolan uncovers the clever coping system he develops for himself and throws him a lifeline in the guise of friendship.
Seventeen-year-old Brenda Jacobsen comes from a family of tall people. In the small logging town of Hemlock, Washington, being tall makes you better at trimming the high spots on trees or at playing basketball. Brendas life has always revolved around basketball, particularly the career of her older brother, Benny, the towns rising star. But Benny died in a car accident last year, leaving Brenda and her parents without the star of their family and without a way to fill the huge hole in their lives.
Though Hemlocks dreams of basketball glory died along with her brother, Brenda is looking forward to playing on the lessimportant girls team. This year the girls planned to get the recognition they deservebut that was before their coach left to take a better job. Now theyre faced with a new coach, whose offbeat philosophy has the girls reciting lines from poems as they play. It brings them recognition, but not the kind they were hoping for. Still, when the sawmill closes down and Brendas parents seem to be on the verge of breaking up, she and the rest of the team find inspiration in the last place theyd ever have expectedpoetry.
She lives in the best suburb. She goes to the finest school. Her family is wealthy and powerful. She has everything money can buy. So why are there reporters outside her house? And why is her father telling lies on television? And why is the Premier talking about them in State Parliament? Something is wrong. Something is terribly wrong. Riveting and compulsively readable, John Marsden's Checkers plunges us deep in the mind and world of a teenage girl whose life has spun completely out of control.
About the Author
John Marsdens highly praised series concludes in this thrilling installment that will bring readers to the edge of their seats and keep them there until the last page is turned. John Marsden is one of Australias best-known writers for young adults. His work has received critical acclaim and has earned a cultlike following worldwide. The popular Tomorrow series has been translated into seven languages and has sold over one million copies in Australia alone.