CALVIN by Martine Leavitt is an imaginative, coming-of-age novel exploring a teen’s discovery that he has schizophrenia.
Told as a letter written to Calvin & Hobbes’ comic book author Bill Watterson, the story traces a schizophrenic teen’s experiences with love and survival as he deals with his mental illness for the first time.
Leavitt’s conversational style and sense of humor combine for an appealing alternative to the many young adult novels focusing on mental illness.
Librarians will want to add this YA novel to the growing selections available on teen schizophrenia.
Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan on November 17, 2015.