Calvin 

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Born on the day that Bill Watterson’s final Calvin and Hobbes comic strip was printed and given a stuffed animal named Hobbes at his birth, seventeen-year-old Calvin feels a connection to Hobbes that is only made stronger when Hobbes reappears as a delusion, a symptom of the schizophrenia he’s diagnosed with after an episode at school. Convinced that the only cure for his mental illness is reclusive Bill Watterson writing one last Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, Calvin sets out across frozen Lake Erie, certain that Bill Watterson will be waiting for him on the other side. As he makes the dangerous journey, Calvin is joined by his childhood best friend Susie.

Calvin’s voice is heartfelt and raw and Martine Leavitt renders his schizophrenia in a way that both informs the reader about the illness and makes the illness not an abstract diagnosis but just one part of one individual’s deeply realistic human experience. Calvin is a story of love and friendship and a story that marvels at the complexity of imagination, the complexity of the world, and the warmth and safety to be found in loving and accepting oneself.


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Author Martine Leavitt
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 192 pages
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publish Date 2015-Nov-17
ISBN 9780374380731
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Issue April 2016
Category Young Adult
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