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Calvin

by Martine Leavitt

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In this latest novel from National Book Award finalist Martine Leavitt, a schizophrenic teen believes that Bill Watterson can save him from his illness if he creates one more Calvin & Hobbes comic strip.

Seventeen-year-old Calvin has always known his fate is linked to the comic book character from Calvin & Hobbes. He was born on the day the last strip was published; his grandpa left a stuffed tiger named Hobbes in his crib; and he even has a best friend named Susie. As a child Calvin played with the toy Hobbes, controlling his every word and action, until Hobbes was washed to death. But now Calvin is a teenager who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, Hobbes is back - as a delusion - and Calvin can't control him. Calvin decides that if he can convince Bill Watterson to draw one final comic strip, showing a normal teenaged Calvin, he will be cured. Calvin and Susie (and Hobbes) set out on a dangerous trek across frozen Lake Erie to track him down.

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"Starred Review. Equal parts coming-of-age tale, survival adventure, and love story, this outstanding novel also sensitively deals with an uncommon but very real teen issue, making it far more than the sum of its parts. Ages 12-18." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. National Book Award finalist Leavitt (Keturah and Lord Death, 2006) delivers an imaginative exploration of mental illness, examining what's real and what's true in this magical world." - Publishers Weekly

"Funny, intellectual, and entertaining, it's a sensitive yet irreverent adventure about a serious subject." - Publishers Weekly

"Sweet, romantic, and funny, but flawed." - School Library Journal

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Norah McMurray

Disappointed
The book started out pretty interesting and it caught my attention, however the story (despite the fact that it was a short book) really dragged out and didn’t really have anything that excited me. I was very disappointed by the ending. I expected more.

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Martine Leavitt

Martine Leavitt has written several award-winning novels for young adults, including Keturah and Lord Death, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Heck Superhero, a finalist for the Governor General's Award. She lives in Alberta, Canada.

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