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#SJYALit Reading Lists: Disability in YA Lit, a guest post by Natalie Korsavidis

sjyalitAs part of our 2017 Social Justice in Young Adult Literature project, we will be posting reading lists on various social justice-related subjects. Guest blogger Natalie Korsavidis pulled together this one on disabilities. We will mainly be focusing on books published after 2000. We encourage you to add any other titles you can think of in the comments. Interested in generating a list for us? Let us know! I’m @CiteSomething on Twitter. See more about the #SJYALit project here.

 

Disabilities Fiction

Annotations for titles from alisweb.org, publisher descriptions, and NoveList. Shout-out to Disability in Kidlit, where additional research was done. 

 

dark daysBerk Josh. The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.

 

 

shark girlBingham, Kelly. Shark Girl. Candlewick Press, 2007.
After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring artist, struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it imposes on her day-to-day life and her plans for the future.

 

 

 

iron trialBlack, Holly. The Iron Trial. Scholastic, 2014.
All his life Callum Hunt has been warned by his father that practicing magic is a guaranteed death sentence. When Call is summoned to attend the entrance exams for The Magisterium, he promises his father he will deliberately fail the test to avoid the dangerous lure of magic school. Unfortunately, magic is in Call’s blood, and though his permanent limp and sarcastic attitude do not appear to serve him well during testing, he is selected with two other “Iron Years” to be a pupil of the greatest mage of all, Master Rufus.

 

 

read my lipsBrown, Teri. Read My Lips. Simon Pulse, 2008.
Serena just wants to fly under the radar at her new school. But Serena is deaf, and she can read lips really well-even across the busy cafeteria. So when the popular girls discover her talent, there’s no turning back.

 

 

 

blindsidedCummings, Priscilla. Blindsided. Dutton Children’s Books, 2010.
After years of failing eyesight, fourteen-year-old Natalie reluctantly enters a school for the blind, where in spite of her initial resistance she learns the skills that will help her survive in the sighted world.

 

 

 

the one thingCurtis, Marci Lynn. The One Thing. Hyperion, 2015.
After losing her sight–and the future she dreamed of–seventeen-year-old Maggie meets the one person with the ability to help her see all the possibilities life still holds.

 

 

 

blindDeWoskin, Rachel. Blind. Viking, 2014.
After a horrific accident leaves her blind, fifteen-year-old Emma, one of seven children, eagerly starts high school as a sophomore, and finds that nearly everything has changed–sometimes for the better.

 

 

 

gameworldFarley, Christopher John. Game World. Akashic Books, 2013.
A virtual game world called Xamaica becomes real for three Jamaican sixth graders, who embark upon a quest through a fantastical landscape laden with Caribbean mythology.

 

 

 

pinnedFlake, Sharon. Pinned. Scholastic, 2012.
Adonis is smart, intellectually gifted and born without legs; Autumn is strong, a great wrestler, and barely able to read in ninth grade–but Autumn is attracted to Adonis and determined to make him a part of her life whatever he or her best friend thinks.

 

 

 

dangerousHale, Shannon. Dangerous. Bloomsbury, 2014.
When aspiring astronaut Maisie Danger Brown, who was born without a right hand, and the other space camp students get the opportunity to do something amazing in space, Maisie must prove how dangerous she can be and how far she is willing to go to protect everything she has ever loved.

 

 

push girlHill, Chelsie. Push Girl. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2014.
Kara, a high school junior, is popular with a great group of friends, an amazing boyfriend, and expectations of being Homecoming Queen until she leaves a party angry and wakes up in a hospital bed, paralized from the waist down, but as she is forced to adjust to her new physical reality, she also learns that her friends are not who they seemed to be.

 

 

five flavorsJohn, Antony. Five Flavors of Dumb. Dial Books, 2010.
Eighteen-year-old Piper becomes the manager for her classmates’ popular rock band, called Dumb, giving her the chance to prove her capabilities to her parents and others, if only she can get the band members to get along.

 

 

 

accidentsJohnson, Harriet. Accidents of Nature. Holt, 2006.
Having always prided herself on blending in with “normal” people despite her cerebral palsy, seventeen-year-old Jean begins to question her role in the world while attending a summer camp for children with disabilities.

 

 

 

wiredmanKaufman, Sashi. Wired Man and Other Freaks of Nature. Lerner Publishing Group, 2016.
Ben has to wear hearing aids, but being inseparable from the super-popular Tyler allows him to think of himself as normal. But Tyler blows him off senior year and Ben needs to rethink who he is–and who Tyler is.

 

 

 

RUNKeplinger, Kody. Run. Scholastic Press, 2016.
Bo Dickinson is a seventeen-year-old girl from a bad family, but she is also over-protected, legally blind, Agnes Atwood’s best friend–so when Bo calls in the middle of the night, desperate to get out of town, Agnes helps her to steal the Atwoods’ car and the two girls go on the run, even though Agnes is not sure exactly what they are running from.

 

 

stoner andKoertge, Ron. Stoner and Spaz. Candlewick Press, 2002.
A troubled youth with cerebral palsy struggles toward self-acceptance with the help of a drug-addicted young woman.

 

 

 

not if iLindstrom, Eric. Not if I See You First. Poppy, Little Brown, and Company, 2015.
Blind sixteen-year-old Parker Grant navigates friendships and romantic relationships, including a run-in with a boy who previously broke her heart, while coping with her father’s recent death.

 

 

 

silenceLytton, Deborah Lynn. Silence. Shadow Mountain, 20015.
After an accident robs Stella of her hearing and her dream of going to Broadway, she meets Hayden, a boy who stutters, and comes to learn what it truly means to connect and communicate in a world filled with silence.

 

 

the callO’Guilin, Peadar. The Call. Scholastic, 2016.
For the last twenty-five years every teenager in Ireland has been subject to “the call” which takes them away to the land of the Sídhe, where they are hunted for twenty four hours. Handicapped by her twisted legs, Nessa Doherty knows that very few return alive, but she is determined to be one of them.

 

 

andromedaPortman, Frank. Andromeda Klein. Delacorte Press, 2009,
High school sophomore Andromeda, an outcast because she studies the occult and has a hearing impairment and other disabilities, overcomes grief over terrible losses by enlisting others’ help in her plan to save library books–and finds a kindred spirit along the way.

 

 

tone deafRivers, Olivia. Tone Deaf. Perseus Distribution Services, 2016.
Ali Collins was a child piano prodigy until a brain tumor caused her to lose her hearing, and now, after meeting Jace, the lead singer of Tone Deaf, her musical and romantic possiblities increase.

 

 

 

hurt goRorby, Ginny. Hurt Go Happy. Tom Doherty Associates, 2006.
When thirteen-year-old Joey Willis, deaf since the age of six, meets Dr. Charles Mansell and his chimpanzee Sukari, who use sign language, her world blooms with possibilities but that of the chimp begins to narrow.

 

 

 

she is notSedgwick, Marcus. She is Not Invisible. Square Fish, 2014.
A London teenager who is blind and her younger brother travel to New York to find their missing father, using clues from his notebook.

 

 

 

 

love-and-firstSundquist, Josh. Love and First Sight. Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Sixteen-year-old blind teen Will Porter undergoes an experimental surgery that enables him to see for the first time, all while navigating a new school, new friends, and a crush.

 

 

 

stuck inTrueman, Terry. Stuck in Neutral. Harper Tempest, 2001.
Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him.

 

 

 

running dreamVan Draanen, Wendelin. The Running Dream. Knopf, 2011.
When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.

 

 

 

a time toVenkatraman, Padma. A Time to Dance. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014.
In India, a girl who excels at Bharatanatyam dance refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident.

 

 

 

 

reachingZimmer, Tracie Vaughn. Reaching for the Sun. Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2007.
Josie, who lives with her mother and grandmother and has cerebral palsy, befriends a boy who moves into one of the rich houses behind her old farmhouse.

 

 

 

Meet Natalie Korsavidis

Natalie Korsavidis is the Head of Local History/Reader’s Advisory Librarian at the Farmingdale Public Library. She is also in charge of Collection Development for Young adult fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, and manga.

Thoughts on Summer Reading Lists from a Public Librarian (and a Mom)

 

 

 

#MHYALit Reading Lists: Depression, a guest post by Natalie Korsavidis

MHYALitlogoofficfialAs part of our 2016 Mental Health in Young Adult Literature project, we will be posting reading lists on various mental health-related subjects. Guest blogger Natalie Korsavidis pulled together this one on depression (and previously this one on schizophrenia). We will mainly be focusing on books published after 2000. We encourage you to add any other titles you can think of in the comments. Interested in generating a list for us? Let us know! I’m @CiteSomething on Twitter. 

 

Depression in YA

Annotations for the novels were found on the Farmingdale Library catalog or NoveList

 

jason porterAdoff, Jamie. The Death of Jayson Porter. Hyperion Books for Children, 2008.

In the Florida projects, sixteen-year-old Jayson struggles with the harsh realities of his life which include an abusive mother, a drug-addicted father, and not fitting in at his predominately white school, and bring him to the brink of suicide.

 

crash into meBorris, Albert. Crash into Me. Simon Pulse, 2010.

Four suicidal teenagers go on a “celebrity suicide road trip,” visiting the graves of famous people who have killed themselves, with the intention of ending their lives in Death Valley, California.

 

 

amazine gracieCannon, A.E.   Amazing Gracie.  Delacorte Press, 1991.

A high school girl has a lot to deal with in her sophomore year when her beloved mother who is a victim of depression remarries, a new brother is acquired, and the family moves to Salt Lake City.

 

 

not so simpleCarlson, Melody. A Not-So-Simple Life. Multnomah Books, 2008.

Maya keeps a journal the year following her aunt’s death, in which she records her thoughts about her alcoholic and drug-addicted mother and her own feelings of depression, until she decides to give her heart to God.

 

 

walkawayCarter, Alden R. Walkaway. Holiday House, 2008.

Fifteen-year-old Andy, fed up with his alcoholic father and annoying older brother, leaves their northern Wisconsin cabin on his version of a walkabout, leaving his medications to combat depression, anxiety, and delusions behind.

 

really awesomeCook, Trish and Halpin, Brendan. A Really Awesome Mess. Egmont, 2013.

An angry girl and a depressed boy, both sixteen, are sent to a therapeutic boarding school

 

 

 

aspenCrane, Rebekah. Aspen. In This Together Media, 2014.

A teenage girl’s mistake on a Boulder, Colorado road left a popular teen soccer player dead. Now the deceased is following the driver around and only her boyfriend and her therapist understand her and can keep her from heading further into a deep depression.

 

nugrlDellasega, Cheryl. (NuGrl90) Sadie. Marshall Cavendish, 2007.

Fifteen-year-old Sadie writes on her blog about having to move to a new high school at the beginning of sophomore year due to her parents’ divorce, finding and losing a true love and a best friend, and being in therapy and taking antidepressants.

 

glow stoneDreyer, Ellen. Glow Stone. Peachtree, 2006.

Sixteen-year-old Phoebe cannot help but wonder if she will suffer chronic depression like her mother and her recently-deceased uncle, who shared her passion for rock-collecting, until the terrifying experience of being lost in a cave provides the answer.

 

everything isEllis, Ann Dee. Everything is Fine. Little, Brown, 2009.

When her father leaves for a job out of town, Mazzy is left at home to try to cope with her mother, who has been severely depressed since the death of Mazzy’s baby sister.

 

 

americaFrank, E.R. America. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002.

Born to a drug-addicted mother, 15-year-old America had been lost in the child-welfare system for years before he finally wound up in a residential treatment center. There, over a period of several more years, a capable therapist coaxes him out of his anger and suicidal depression.

 

 

eclipseFranklin, Kristine. Eclipse. Candlewick Press, 1995.

When Trina’s father falls into a severe depression after losing his job and her mother becomes pregnant at forty-eight, Trina faces a difficult summer even with the help of her good friend Miranda.

 

 

waitingFritz, April Young. Waiting to Disappear. Hyperion Books, 2002.

After the death of her brother two years ago, Buddy’s mother hasn’t been the same, and when her depression leads to a mental breakdown, Buddy’s hopes of a relatively peaceful summer are dashed.

 

 

fat kidGoing, K.L. Fat Kid Rules the World. Speak, 2003.

Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.

 

 

get well soonHalpern, Julie. Get Well Soon. Feiwel and Friends, 2007.

When her parents confine her to a mental hospital, an overweight teenage girl, who suffers from panic attacks, describes her experiences in a series of letters to a friend.

 

 

 

whole storyHiranandani, Veera. The Whole Story of Half a Girl. Delacorte Press, 2012.

When Sonia’s father loses his job and she must move from her small, supportive private school to a public middle school, the half-Jewish half-Indian sixth-grader experiences culture shock as she tries to navigate the school’s unfamiliar social scene, and after her father is diagnosed with clinical depression, she finds herself becoming even more confused about herself and her family.

 

mercy's birdsHoleman, Linda. Mercy’s Birds. Tundra Books, 1998.

As her mother sinks into depression and her aunt turns to alcohol, fifteen-year-old Mercy tries to keep up with school and her job, until help comes for them from an unexpected source.

 

 

lettersHolmes, Sarah. Letters from Rapunzel. Harper Collins, 2006.

Through a series of letters written to a post office box, twelve-year-old Cadence describes her father’s hospitalization for depression, her subsequent problems at school, and her hope that the mysterious recipient will help her find a happy ending.

 

try not toHubbard, Jennifer R.  Try Not to Breathe. Viking, 2012.

The summer Ryan is released from a mental hospital following his suicide attempt, he meets Nicki, who gets him to share his darkest secrets while hiding secrets of her own.

 

 

disappear homeHurwitz, Laura. Disappear Home. Albert Whitman and Company, 2015.

In 1970, fourteen-year-old Shoshanna, six-year-old Mara, and their mother escape from Sweet Earth Farm, a declining commune run by their tyrranical and abusive father, but after finding peace and stability at Avery Elliot’s farm, their mother’s crippling depression returns.

 

damageJenkins, Amanda. Damage. HarperCollins, 2001.

Seventeen-year-old football hero Austin, trying to understand the inexplicable depression that has drained his interest in life, thinks that he has found relief in a girl who seems very special.

 

 

hold stillLaCour, Nina. Hold Still. Dutton, 2009.

Ingrid didn’t leave a note. Three months after her best friend’s suicide, Caitlin finds what she left instead: a journal, hidden under Caitlin’s bed.

 

 

 

backlashLittman, Sarah. Backlash. Scholastic, 2015.

For sophomore Lara Kelly, things are finally looking up—she’s feeling more confident after losing weight and she made the varsity cheerleading team, which she never would have imagined two years earlier when she was overweight and severely depressed. Best of all, Lara has caught the attention of a cute guy on Facebook, and he has been hinting at asking her to the homecoming dance. But when she sees horrible comments from her crush on social media, she spirals into a dangerous mental state and suicide seems like the only escape.

 

beyond crazyLoughead, Deb. Beyond Crazy. James Lorimer and Company, 2014.

For Stelle, being drummer in a band is what helps her cope with her mother’s depression and the problems her bandmates face with their families, until some conversations with her grandmother provide clues to the source of her mother’s condition.

 

 

savingMarchetta, Melina. Saving Francesca. Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.

Sixteen-year-old Francesca could use her outspoken mother’s help with the problems of being one of a handful of girls at a parochial school that has just turned co-ed, but her mother has suddenly become severely depressed.

 

flightNewbery, Linda. Flightsend. Random House Children’s Books, 2010.

When Charlie’s depressed mother decides to start over, they move to a ramshackle cottage in the country, where Charlie struggles to make friends and develop her artistic skills while her mother tries to launch a business.

 

 

all the brightNiven, Jennifer. All the Bright Places. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.

Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school–both teetering on the edge–it’s the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the “natural wonders” of the state of Indiana, and two teens’ desperate desire to heal and save one another.

 

solitaireOseman, Alice. Solitaire. HarperTeen, 2015.

Tori Spring is a disaffected teenager: She can almost never finish a film in one sitting, she’s smart but can’t care about school anymore, and she dislikes her friends but is unwilling to forgo their company. About the only thing she cares about is her brother Charlie, who’s recovering from an eating disorder. When a mysterious blog called Solitaire  starts triggering pranks at her school, Tori isn’t too interested, even if strange new boy Michael Holden tries to make her be.

 

definePeters, Julie Ann. Define Normal. Little, Brown, 2000.

When Antonia is assigned to Jazz as a peer counselor, she figures there is no way she can help her. They are complete opposites. Antonia is a straight-A student whose parents are divorced and she is struggling to keep what’s left of her family together as her mother battles depression. Jazz’s family is wealthy and seemingly perfect. As they continue through the 15 hours of peer counseling, it becomes clear that both girls have issues they need to work through

 

sortaQuick, Matthew. Sorta Like a Rock Star. Little, Brown, 2010.

Although seventeen-year-old Amber Appleton is homeless, she is a relentless optimist who visits the elderly at a nursing home, teaches English to Korean Catholic women with the use of rhythm and blues music, and befriends a solitary Vietnam veteran and his dog, but eventually she experiences one burden more than she can bear and slips into a deep depression.

 

when reasonRodriguez, Cindy L. When Reason Breaks. Bloomsbury, 2015.

A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson

 

dr birdRoskos, Evan. Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets. Houghton Mifflin, 2013.

A sixteen-year-old boy wrestling with depression and anxiety tries to cope by writing poems, reciting Walt Whitman, hugging trees, and figuring out why his sister has been kicked out of the house.

 

 

view fromSappenfield, Heather. The View From Who I Was. Flux, 2015.

As part of herself observes, eighteen-year-old Oona Antunes attempts suicide, tries to pull her family and her life back together, and begins to understand her own problems and those of her parents before finally becoming one with herself again.

 

permanentStella, Leslie. Permanent Record. Amazon Children’s, 2013.

Having left public school under mysterious circumstances, sixteen-year-old junior Badi Hessamizadeh enters Magnificat Academy, where he struggles with his Iranian-American identity, his clinical depression, and bullies.

 

 

memory of lightStork, Francisco X. The Memory of Light. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2016.

Waking up in the mental disorders ward after a suicide attempt, Vicky makes friends with other at-risk kids, who under the guidance of a compassionate doctor help her through the first steps towards self-acceptance and confronting the challenges that prompted her depression.

 

 

it's kind ofVizzini, Ned. It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Miramax Books, 2006.

A humorous account of a New York City teenager’s battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.

 

 

shopaholicWaite, Judy. Shopaholic. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2003.

Tired of household responsibilities and her mother’s depression, Taylor allows a new friend to persuade her to buy things she can’t afford, but soon discovers that Kat has even more secrets than she has.

 

 

emptyWalton, K.M. Empty. Simon Pulse, 2013.

Deeply depressed after her father cheated on and divorced her mother, seventeen-year-old Adele has gained over seventy pounds and is being bullied and abused at school–to the point of being raped and accused of being the aggressor.

 

my heart and otherWarga, Jasmine. My Heart and Other Black Holes. Balzar + Bray, 2015.

Seventeen-year-old Aysel’s hobby–planning her own death–take a new path when she meets a boy who has similar plan of his own.

 

 

 

how i madeWhite,Tracy. How I Made it to Eighteen: A Mostly True Story. Roaring Brook Press, 2010.

How do you know if you’re on the verge of a nervous breakdown? For seventeen-year-old Stacy Black, it all begins with the smashing of a window. After putting her fist through the glass, she checks into a mental hospital. Stacy hates it there but despite herself slowly realizes she has to face the reasons for her depression to stop from self-destructing.

 

blindWittlinger, Ellen. Blind Faith. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2006.

While coping with her grandmother’s sudden death and her mother’s resulting depression and fascination with a spiritualist church, whose ministers claim to communicate with the dead, fifteen-year-old Liz finds herself falling for a new neighbor whose mother is dying of cancer.

 

 

oppositeYoung, Janet. The Opposite of Music. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007.

With his family, fifteen-year-old Billy struggles to help his father deal with a debilitating depression.

 

 

my beautifulYoung, Janet. My Beautiful Failure. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012.

Billy’s family is still recovering from last winter, when the teen’s father sank into a deep depression that he’s only now just coming out of. Billy, 16, channels his frustrations and worry about his father’s mental health into his sophomore-year project, volunteering as a friendly, welcoming ear for the depressed, lonely, and/or bored callers to the Listeners hotline.

 

 

programYoung, Suzanne. The Program. Simon Pulse, 2013.

When suicide becomes a worldwide epidemic, the only known cure is The Program, a treatment in which painful memories are erased, a fate worse than death to seventeen-year-old Sloane who knows that The Program will steal memories of her dead brother and boyfriend.

 

Meet Natalie Korsavidis

natalieNatalie Korsavidis is the Head of Young Adult at the Farmingdale Public Library. She received her MLS at CW Post University. She is currently President of the Young Adult Services Division of the Nassau County Library Association. She has spoken at New York Comic Con and the Long Island Pop Culture Convention.

 

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#MHYALit Reading Lists: Schizophrenia, a guest post by Natalie Korsavidis

MHYALitlogoofficfialAs part of our 2016 Mental Health in Young Adult Literature project, we will be posting reading lists on various mental health-related subjects. Guest blogger Natalie Korsavidis pulled together this one on schizophrenia. We will mainly be focusing on books published after 2000. We encourage you to add any other titles you can think of in the comments. Interested in generating a list for us? Let us know! I’m @CiteSomething on Twitter. 

 

All summaries here adapted from the the Farmingdale Public Library catalog or NoveList.

 

Schizophrenia in YA

 

BordercoverAnderson, Jessica Lee. Border Crossing. Milkweed Editions, 2009.

Manz, a troubled fifteen-year-old, ruminates over his Mexican father’s death, his mother’s drinking, and his stillborn stepbrother until the voices he hears in his head take over and he cannot tell reality from delusion.

 

 

persistenceAtwater-Rhodes, Amelia. Persistence of Memory. Delacorte Press, 2008.

Diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child, sixteen-year-old Erin has spent half of her life in therapy and on drugs, but now must face the possibility of weird things in the real world, including shapeshifting friends and her “alter,” a centuries-old vampire.

 

 

cameronAverett, Edward. Cameron and the Girls. Clarion Books, 2013.

A boy suffering from Schizophrenia falls into a love triangle with a girl in his junior high class–and a girl in his head.

 

 

 

beforeBock, Caroline. Before My Eyes. St. Martin’s Grifffin, 2014.

Told in three separate voices, dreamy Claire, seventeen, with her complicated home and love life, shy Max, also seventeen, a state senator’s son whose parents are too focused on the next election to see his pain, and twenty-one-year-old paranoid schizophrenic Barkley teeter on the brink of destruction.

 

 

finding aliceCarlson, Melody. Finding Alice. WaterBrook Press, 2009.

On the surface, Alice Laxton seems no different from any other college girl: bright, inquisitive, excited about the life ahead of her. But for years, a genetic time bomb has been ticking away. Because of Alice’s near-genius intelligence, teachers and counselors have always made excuses for her “little idiosyncrasies.” But during a stress-filled senior year at college, a new world of voices, visions, and unexplainable “knowledge” causes Alice to begin to lose her grip on reality.

 

me myselfDenman, K.L. Me, Myself, and Ike. Orca Book Publishers, 2009.

Seventeen-year-old Kit is paranoid, confused and alone, but neither he nor his family and friends understand what is happening to him.

 

 

 

notesEllison, Kate. Notes from Ghost Town. Egmont USA, 2014.

Young artist Olivia Tithe struggles to keep her sanity as she unravels the mystery of her first love’s death through his ghostly visits.

 

 

 

helicopterFensham, Elizabeth. Helicopter Man. Bloomsbury, 2005.

A homeless Australian boy sticks by his schizophrenic father as their fragile world disintegrates in this moving story of courage and devotion.

 

 

schizoFirmstom, Kim. Schizo. James Lorimer, 2011.

Dan is a fairly normal fifteen-year-old, but at home, things aren’t normal at all. His mother is schizophrenic, and her behaviour is only getting more and more erratic. Dan could just run away, but he’s worried about what would happen to the nine-year-old brother he’s fought so hard to protect.

 

 

king ofFuqua, Jonathan Scott. King of the Pygmies. Candlewick Press, 2005.

After hearing what he believes are other peoples’ thoughts, high school sophomore Penn learns that he may have schizophrenia and makes some important decisions about how to live his life.

 

 

running forGonzalez, Ann. Running for My Life. WestSide Books, 2009.

Andrea faces the challenges of high school as her relationship with her schizophrenic mother crumbles, and she searches for support for her own mental illness through her therapist, family, friends, and running.

 

 

life isJames, Brian. Life is But a Dream. Feiwel & Friends, 2012.

When fifteen-year-old Sabrina meets Alec at the Wellness Center where she is being treated for schizophrenia, he tries to persuade her that it is the world that is crazy, not them, and she should defy her doctors rather than lose what makes her creative and special.

 

 

calvinLeavitt, Martine. Calvin. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2015.

Born on the day the last Calvin and Hobbes comic strip was published, seventeen-year-old Calvin, a schizophrenic, sees and has conversations with the tiger, Hobbes, and believes that if he can persuade the strip’s creator, Bill Watterson, to do one more strip, he will make Calvin well.

 

 

lizardPrice, Charlie. Lizard People. Roaring Brook Press, 2007.

While visiting his mentally ill mother at a psychiatric hospital, high school junior Ben Mander starts talking to a young man who claims that he travels back and forth between the present and the year 4000, searching for a cure for mental illness.

 

 

figSchantz, Sarah Elizabeth. Fig. Margaret K. Eldeberry Books, 2015.

In 1994, Fig looks back on her life and relates her experiences, from age six to nineteen, as she desperately tries to save her mother from schizophrenia while her own mental health and relationships deteriorate.

 

 

blue so darkSchindler, Holly. A Blue So Dark. Flux, 2010.

As Missouri fifteen-year-old Aura struggles alone to cope with the increasingly severe symptoms of her mother’s schizophrenia, she wishes only for a normal life, but fears that her artistic ability and genes will one day result in her own insanity.

 

 

schizo scheffSheff, Nic. Schizo. Philomel Books, 2014.

A teenager recovering from a schizophrenic breakdown is driven to the point of obsession to find his missing younger brother and becomes wrapped up in a romance that may or may not be the real thing.

 

 

challengerShusterman, Neal. Challenger Deep. HarperTeen, 2015.

Suffering from schizophrenia, Caden’s internal narratives are sometimes dreams, sometimes hallucinations, and sometimes undefinable, dominated by a galleon and its captain, sailing with an enormous, sullen crew to the deepest point of the Marianas Trench, Challenger Deep.

 

 

17 andSuma, Nova Ren. 17 & Gone. Dutton Books, 2013.

Seventeen-year-old Lauren has visions of girls her own age who are gone without a trace, but while she tries to understand why they are speaking to her and whether she is next, Lauren has a brush with death and a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.

 

 

inside outTrueman, Terry. Inside Out. HarperTempest, 2003.

A sixteen-year-old with schizophrenia is caught up in the events surrounding an attempted robbery by two other teens who eventually hold him hostage.

 

 

freaksVaught, Susan. Freaks Like Us. Trueman, Terry. Inside Out. Bloomsbury, 2012.

Jason is “Freak” to his peers and even his ADHD friend Drip, but not to Sunshine, who–though selectively mute–shares her thoughts and feelings with him. Now she’s vanished, and Jason, whose schizophrenia has shaped his life, is a suspect in her disappearance

 

 

lowboyWray, John. Lowboy. Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2009.

Possessing paranoid schizophrenic beliefs that he can save the planet from climate change by cooling down his own overheated body, sixteen-year-old New York youth Will Heller pursues a terrifying and delusional odyssey through the city’s tunnels and backalleys.

 

 

made you upZappia, Francesca. Made You Up. Greenwillow Books, 2015.

Armed with her camera and a Magic 8-Ball and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college.

 

 

 

Meet Natalie Korsavidis

natalieNatalie Korsavidis is the Head of Young Adult at the Farmingdale Public Library. She received her MLS at CW Post University. She is currently President of the Young Adult Services Division of the Nassau County Library Association. She has spoken at New York Comic Con and the Long Island Pop Culture Convention.

 

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