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Annotation: Dan wants to live the life of a normal teenager, but when his mom stops taking her medication for schizophrenia, Dan has to keep the family together.
Catalog Number: #61125
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2012
Pages: 150 pages
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 1-552-77871-1 Perma-Bound: 0-605-56346-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-552-77871-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-56346-9
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 18 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Dan is having a hard time in school because he's desperately trying to keep his family together while his mother's schizophrenia wreaks havoc. Despite his efforts, it's not until it all comes crashing down that he's able to salvage anything. With such a tight focus on the mental illness there is little room for character development in this compact, otherwise touching story.
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Word Count: 29,033
Reading Level: 3.6
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.6 / points: 4.0 / quiz: 150540 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.2 / points:9.0 / quiz:Q57148

Dan is a fairly normal fifteen-year-old—he likes girls (obviously), hates school (ditto), and he lives to play bass guitar. But at home, things aren't normal at all. His mother is schizophrenic and uses a system of numbers she's developed to determine if something is good or evil. She plasters the walls with pages of obscure calculations and lists of digits, and obsesses over them long into the night—and her behavior is only getting more and more erratic. One day, Dan's numbers turn bad, and she begins to threaten him physically. Dan could just run away, but he's worried about what would happen to the nine-year-old brother he's fought so hard to protect. All Dan wants is a normal life, but how can he keep his family together and keep them safe at the same time?

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