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May 2018 Selections

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we are looking forward to "spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about," as Mental Health America puts it. We believe that prioritizing mental health and building empathy for those managing mental illness is a big part of being a compassionate human being. 

We hope that you will join us in the journey of reading stories that help us build understanding. We are excited to dig in to this topic and learn together!

This month we’re doing things a little differently, with TWO young adult selections!

This was a particularly long selection process, and we are so pleased with our two picks. We hope you love them as much as we do!

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young adult fiction selection:

challenger deep by neal shusterman

From the publisher:

A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.

Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.
Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.

Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images.

Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.
Caden Bosch is split between his allegian
ce to the captain and the allure of mutiny.
Caden Bosch is torn.

Challenger Deep is a deeply powerful and personal novel from one of today's most admired writers for teens. Laurie Halse Anderson, award-winning author of Speak, calls Challenger Deep "a brilliant journey across the dark sea of the mind; frightening, sensitive, and powerful. Simply extraordinary."

MODERATOR TIP: We had moderators preview this selection in both hard copy and audiobook formats, and loved reading it both ways. However, we want to mention that the print version of this story has illustrations throughout that we think are worth checking out!

young adult fiction selection:

Sparrow by sarah moon

From the publisher:

Sparrow has always had a difficult time making friends. She would always rather have stayed home on the weekends with her mother, an affluent IT Executive at a Brooklyn bank, reading, or watching the birds, than playing with other kids. And that's made school a lonely experience for her. It's made LIFE a lonely experience.

But when the one teacher who really understood her -- Mrs. Wexler, the school librarian, a woman who let her eat her lunch in the library office rather than hide in a bathroom stall, a woman who shared her passion for novels and knew just the ones she'd love -- is killed in a freak car accident, Sparrow's world unravels and she's found on the roof of her school in an apparent suicide attempt.

With the help of an insightful therapist, Sparrow finally reveals the truth of her inner life. And it's here that she discovers an outlet in Rock & Roll music...