January First by Michael Schofield
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January First Summary
Michael Schofield's daughter January is at the mercy of her imaginary friends, except they aren't the imaginary friends that most young children have; they are hallucinations. And January is caught in the conflict between our world and their world, a place she calls Calalini. Some of these hallucinations, like "24 Hours," are friendly and some, like "400 the Cat" and "Wednesday the Rat," bite and scratch her until she does what they want. They often tell her to scream at strangers, jump out of buildings, and attack her baby brother.
January First Reviews
"The anxiety, frustration, and loss Schofield and his wife experience are palpable, so much so that the author's tone is, at times, grating. Still, their heart-wrenching story - featured on 20/20 and Oprah - is bound to move parents and caregivers of children with similar psychiatric disorders." - Library Journal
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Michael Schofield teaches writing courses at California State University, Northridge. He keeps a blog of his family's journey through Janni's schizophrenia at: www.janisjourney.org.
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