THE MEMORY OF LIGHT by Francisco X. Stork traces the experience of a teen dealing with mental illness.
After a suicide attempt, Vicky ends up in the mental disorders ward at the hospital. Through the help of her peers and a supportive doctor, Vicky gradually learns to understand her depression and takes the first steps toward recovery.
Based on the author’s experience with depression, this work of contemporary fiction provides a realistic and honest view of life with a mental illness including the reactions of family and friends. The first-person perspective includes fascinating insights into Vicky’s thoughts and voyage of self-discovery.
Librarians will find a large audience among young adults seeking realistic fiction and this timely social issue. Fans of Stork will not be disappointed.
The author’s website contains discussion questions and a teacher’s guide.
To learn more about the author, go to http://www.franciscostork.com/.
Published by Levine, an imprint of Scholastic on January 26, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.