A Blue So Dark
By Holly Schindler
(Flux, Paperback, 9780738719269, 277pp.)
Publication Date: May 2010
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Fifteen-year-old Aura Ambrose has been hiding a secret. Her mother, a talented artist and art teacher, is slowly being consumed by schizophrenia, and Aura has been her sole caretaker ever since Aura's dad left them. Convinced that "creative" equals crazy, Aura shuns her own artistic talent. But as her mother sinks deeper into the darkness of mental illness, the hunger for a creative outlet draws Aura toward the depths of her imagination. Just as desperation threatens to swallow her whole, Aura discovers that art, love, and family are profoundly linked--and together may offer an escape from her fears.
Praise for A Blue So Dark:
"A truly real, emotional, and honest read."--Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of Pay it Forward
"A Blue So Dark is a raw, compelling and eloquent portrayal of art and madness, and the freeing, healing gift of creativity. Schindler's voice is brilliant and true."--Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Need and Captivate
"Schindler's lyrical debut explores the nightmare of mental illness in a voice that is sharp and funny and all her own. This is as real as teen fiction gets. A must-read."--Crissa-Jean Chappell, author of Total Constant Order
GOLD MEDAL WINNER: IPPY Awards 2010 (Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction)
SILVER MEDAL WINNER: ForeWord Book of the Year Awards 2010 (Young Adult Fiction)