May 26, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Challenger Deep

Neal Shusterman. illus. by Brendan Shusterman. HarperCollins/Harper Teen.

Gr 9 Up–Fourteen-year-old Caden Bosch lives two realities: the one where he’s a high schooler struggling with anxiety, compulsions, and the belief that people are trying to kill him; and one in which he’s part of a motley crew of pirates aboard a ship bound for the Challenger Deep, the deepest place on Earth, located in the Pacific Ocean along the Mariana Trench. A fittingly surreal and heartbreaking exploration into the mind of a teen battling mental illness.

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