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A National Book Award Longlist TitleA 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...
A National Book Award Longlist TitleA 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...
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  • A National Book Award Longlist Title

    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 allegiance 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."

 

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  • Neal Shusterman is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning author. He is the author of Challenger Deep, a National Book Award winner, Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor Book, and recipient of six starred reviews; Bruiser, which was a Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choice, a YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults pick, and on twelve state lists; and the Unwind dystology (includiung Thunder Head and Scythe), among many other books. He lives in California with his family.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from February 16, 2015
    With lyricism and potent insight, Shusterman (Unwind) traces the schizophrenic descent and return of Caden Bosch, an intelligent 15-year-old and a gifted artist. His internal narratives are sometimes dreams, sometimes hallucinations, and sometimes undefinable, dominated by a galleon and its captain, sailing with an enormous, sullen crew to the deepest point of the Marianas Trench, Challenger Deep. The metaphor’s not exactly subtle, but Shusterman finds unexpected resonance in its details—the tarry seams in the wood, the human ballast. External reality still registers: people around Caden run the gamut of humor, scolding, threats, and avoidance to pressure him into changing behavior he no longer controls. Shusterman has mined personal experience of mental illness with his son Brendan, whose line drawings mirror Caden’s fragmentation in swirling lines eerily reminiscent of Van Gogh. It’s a powerful collaboration, and crucial to the novel’s credibility. As Caden says, “There is no such thing as a ‘correct’ diagnosis,” and though his story doesn’t necessarily represent a “typical” experience of mental illness, it turns symptoms into lived reality in ways readers won’t easily forget. Ages 14–up. Agent: Andrea Brown, Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

  • Laurie Halse Anderson, award-winning author of Speak "A brilliant journey across the dark sea of mental illness; frightening, sensitive, and powerful. Simply extraordinary."
  • Booklist (starred review) ★ "Haunting, unforgettable, and life-affirming all at once."
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) ★ "An adventure in perspective as well as plot, this unusual foray into schizophrenia should leave readers with a deeper understanding of the condition."
  • Horn Book (starred review) ★ "Clearly written with love, the novel is moving; but it's also funny, with dry, insightful humor. Illustrations by the author's son Brendan, drawn during his own time in the depths of mental illness, haunt the story with scrambling, rambling lines, tremulousness, and intensity."
  • School Library Journal (starred review) ★ "Teens, especially fans of the author's other novels, will enjoy this book. This affecting deep dive into the mind of a schizophrenic will captivate readers, engender empathy for those with mental illnesses, and offer much fodder for discussion."
  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) ★ "A powerful collaboration...[Caden's] story turns symptoms into lived reality in ways readers won't easily forget."
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) "A thoroughly realistic story...Both male and female readers will find this compelling while acquiring a deeper compassion and understanding. "
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review) "Shusterman does a masterful job...The intensity of living inside Caden's mind makes this a wrenching read."
  • Brightly.com "Moving, funny, and insightful, Challenger Deep is about a boy named Caden who's dealing with schizophrenia. Disorienting at times and emotionally poignant at others, this award-winning novel will make you ponder the complexities of mental illness."

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