5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Level: 4.1, Points: 4Scholastic Reading Counts
Level: 3.4, Points: 10Lexile
Level: 600LAwards & Honors
2009 ALA Best Books for Young Adults; 2009 ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult ReadersGenre
Julie Shumacher wrote Black Box when a person very close to her was diagnosed with depression. "Although the events and the characters in the novel are invented, I tried to make the emotions as true-to-life as possible, " she says. "I wanted to write about the secrecy and the shame that too often accompany mental illness. I also wanted to write about the hazards involved in trying to save someone who may not want to be saved. "
Ms. Shumacher lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Minnesota.
Visit Julia Shumacher 's Web site at www.julieschumacher.com
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