gr7+ discussion questions from author’s blog
Summary: Callie’s sent to a psychiatric ward residency counseling for cutting herself. Her parents are absorbed in their own lives (mom crafts, dad’s a work-a-holic) and focus much of their attention on Callie’s younger brother who has been hospitalized for severe asthma/allergies. Callie refuses to speak in group counseling or individual therapy for a while and we eavesdrop on the problems of the other girls in the ward. Eventually we find out why she hurts herself.
Personal Reaction: It had enough tension to keep me reading to find out why she did what she did. This one’s easier to recommend for tweens than Get Well Soon by Halpern (gr8+), though GWS was funny for a psych drama.
Suitable for Read Aloud? yes
Points for discussion with children: counseling, keeping communication lines open, anger/anxiety management
Connections to other books? Easy Tatting (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace), Got ‘Em, Got ‘Em, Need ‘Em: A Fan’s Guide to Collecting the Top 100 Sports Cards of All Time, fiction & nonfiction books on eating disorders, self-mutilation, codependency, asthma, etc. HEALTH ISSUES: ASTHMA (and others from series) Kim: Empty Inside
Realia: lace, x-acto knife, hockey collector cards (Gretsky esp.), asthma inhaler, fashion magazines/art sketches, journal
Food items connected to story: anything soft (pudding, mac&cheese, brownies, pancakes, any kind of pasta) on a cafeteria tray, butterscotch candies
This is one of many fan-created book trailers (none available from publisher or author that I could find)