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Ned Vizzini, who after spending time in a psychiatric hospital, created a remarkably moving novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness. In addition to writing, Ned speaks to students and teachers about the writing process and mental health.
Book of the Month
An ambitious new student at Manhattan's prestigious Executive Pre-Professional High School, Craig Gilner suddenly discovers that he has become an average kid among a group of brilliant students, a discovery that leads to increasing anxiety and a battle with clinical depression, during which he encounters a motley crew of fellow patients battling their own problems. Read the book before you see it in the theater on September 24, 2010. Watch the trailer here.
Movie of the Month
2010 Award Winners: Michael L. Printz Award
Going Bovine Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob's (aka fatal brain disorder related to mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.
Newbery Medal Winner
When You Reach Me As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.