Lisa, Bright and Dark

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Lisa Shilling is 16, smart, attractive--and she is losing her mind. Some days are "light," and everything is normal; during her "dark" days, she hides deep within herself, and nothing can reach her. Her teachers ignore what is happening. Her parents deny it. Lisa's friends are the only ones who are listening--and they walk with her where adults fear to tread. This classic novel of a teenager's descent into madness, in the tradition of Go Ask ...
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Lisa Shilling is 16, smart, attractive--and she is losing her mind. Some days are "light," and everything is normal; during her "dark" days, she hides deep within herself, and nothing can reach her. Her teachers ignore what is happening. Her parents deny it. Lisa's friends are the only ones who are listening--and they walk with her where adults fear to tread. This classic novel of a teenager's descent into madness, in the tradition of Go Ask Alice and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, has remained a best seller for close to thirty years.

"Compassionate and tragic, an indictment of adults who refuse to get involved."--The New York Times

Sixteen-year-old Lisa, smart, attractive, and outwardly successful, suffers from a nervous breakdown that only her closest friends seem to notice and care enough about to try to find a way to help her.

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Children's Literature - Jennifer Moore
The friends of Lisa Schilling are becoming increasingly concerned about her mental health. However, the adults they turn to for help are no help at all. Even her own parents won't admit to what is becoming increasingly obvious to everyone at school. Lisa is very sick. In a few short months, she has gone from an intelligent, outgoing girl to a paranoid loner who drifts in and out of her friends' lives. This is the compelling story of a child who cries out for help and is failed by the system and the adults around her. 1999 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451166845
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1970
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 499,007
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

"I always wanted to be a writer. I started writing early, and badly, sending off short stories to national magazines when I was ten or eleven. They were all returned.

"But I kept at it. All through high school and college. Everything I sent out came back. Thanks but no thanks.

"I moved to New York and worked in a publishing house. I kept writing. In fact, I was fired from my first job for spending more time on my own projects than on the publishing house's.

"I wrote on.

"In 1968, an editor from a small California publishing house and I had lunch. She gave me an outline for a story she thought I could write well. I knew immediately I had to try.

"But what I wanted to do was write a short book, full of emotion and detail and excitement, for readers of all ages. I didn't know that Edgar Allan would be regarded as a children's book. "It was.

"And when it was, everything fell into place. The minute Edgar Allan was launched successfully, I sat down to write Lisa, Bright And Dark. It, too, was a success so there was no turning back. Although I do write books for adults, the ideas that stimulate me always seem to come to me in the form of a story for young readers. I get ideas from everywhere: from the newspapers, from radio, from lunches and talks I have with friends.

"Right now, if I never get another idea, I have more story lines to work on than my lifetime probably permits."

Both Edgar Allan and Lisa, Bright And Dark, were selected as among the Best Books of the Year by the New York Times. Lisa, Bright And Dark was filmed for television, and aired as a Hallmark Hall of Fame on NBC-TV. Mr. Neufeld's other books have as recently as this spring (2000) been cited as among the best of last year's Young Adult titles by the New York Public Library and YASLA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2005

    WOW!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!

    omg..i had to read this book for my school's 100 book challenge even though im in high school. Even from the cover the book just stood out to me. Once i started to read it i couldn't put it down. I love it so much!! I told all my friends about it. It's amazing that she went through all that just to ask for help. And her parents were so blinded by what they want thier lives to be they couldnt see that Lisa was going through hell.Well that's all i gotta say. I would still read this again..i finished it in one day.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    Excellent

    this book was so good i got it done in half an hour and then read it again because it was so good. It is amazing how the author jumps into the story and doesn;t do five pages of describing a tree. She jumps in with the first page and goes on from there.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2004

    13 year old 8th grade student

    This book was a very good book and,there is a very good reason of why I rated it five stars and that is because I could relate to this book and,this is a very interesting book.if you are having trouble finding a book you might like I would consider this book because anybody could really relate to this book because,she has alot of problems and I would want to read this book any time specially over my other favorite book 'The Outsiders' by S.E Hinton but I think I have a new favorite book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2006

    A Bright and Dark Story

    ¿I think I¿m going crazy.¿ Lisa told her parents, but they didn¿t believe her. Lisa had said that she was hearing voices in her head she couldn¿t stop it and it was driving her crazy! She kept on trying to tell her parents that what she was saying was true. But they still didn¿t listen. They had company, Mary Nell she was just sitting there wondering what was going on. Her parents told her that they were sorry for her approach. She said it was fine. Lisa just didn¿t mind that she was even there so she just kept trying and trying, but it got nowhere. They just wouldn¿t listen to her. So she went up to her room and threw herself on her bed. Then she pulled herself into the pony-position, on all fours, and started smashing her head against the headboard. Mary Nell stood outside and listened then slowly eased the door open. What is Lisa¿s problem that she says she has? I liked this book because it is dramatic. I didn¿t like the beginning because I thought it was confusing. It was talking about this girl that they didn¿t talk about in the first chapter. But it starts talking about who she is as you go on. This book was exciting because of the way the author made you feel how Lisa felt. I don¿t know how she does it but she did. It `s like you know how she is feeling. The author talks about how her parents don¿t listen to her and most teenagers experience how their parents don¿t listen or understand what you are trying to say. So I thought that was what made this book exciting, and what actually happened in the book itself. Like the parts when she bangs her head against the headboard or when she was cutting herself well she was poking herself with a needle, which is a form of cutting. I recommend this book to anyone who likes drama or a book that talk about peoples lives and the problems that may occur. This book is also sad, because of her problem that she claims to have and her own parents wont listen to her. Also when it talks about al of the things that she has done to herself, like cutting and her head banging. These things are a real high point in the book. This was a bright and dark story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2004

    Lisa Bright and Dark

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to completely lose your mind and have no idea what your next move would be? Imagine that you are a sixteen-year old girl dealing with numerous problems, and the only people that can help you are your three High School friends. You try to tell your parents that something is wrong, but they don't show the slightest interest, and accuse you of just wanting attention. Lisa Shilling from John Neufeld's book Lisa Bright and Dark, deals with these exact problems. The character of Lisa is very suspenseful, and makes the reader want to find out more about her, and eventually learn to know her and think of her as a close friend. Betsy, Mary Nell, and Elizabeth are her three friends that try and help her to overcome her problems. They worked with Lisa in-group discussion, and even went as far as hiring and professional psychiatrist and talking to Lisa's parents about her insanity. Mr. and Mrs. Shilling are in denial, and will not except the fact that their once ¿perfect¿ child has major issues, no matter how many times Lisa and others tried to prove them wrong. Lisa Bright and Dark is a very good book and has a great writing style. John Neufeld made this story very realistic just from the characters, setting and the description. He also made this book realistic because of the dialogue he used while Lisa was talking. The first chapter of the book gets you right into the mind of Lisa, when she first tries to tell her parents that something is wrong. He keeps this writing style until the very end where Lisa has mostly all bad days, and is talking about doing things to try to end her misery. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone that wants to read a good suspence novel that will keep you questioning what will happen next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004

    I have never forgotten this book

    I read this book when I was in Junior High, I was not much of a reader, but this book I couldn't put down. The first time I read it was about 30 years ago and would love to read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004

    Wonderful, enlightening

    I read this book when I was a young teenager in the 70's. This book taught me a lot. It kept me from going in the wrong direction. I highly recommend it to all teenagers and all parents!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2003

    Excellent from beginning till end

    All I can say is that I have read this book several times *6* to be exact. And I haven't gotten tired of it yet, you are hooked from the very interesting beginning. Every time I read it, it freaks me out the and entrances me the exact same way. As well as challenging me to think of what psychological problems she has. Very very interesting, gets you more eveloped in it as you pass the pages and time, and does not let go until the last page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2003

    absolutly great

    i think this book is amazing and it just goes to show that when a child calls out for help parents should listen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2003

    wonderful and great

    this was a great book. it gave great detail i love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2003

    Awesome

    This book was the best I've read in ages. It gives you a real perspective of Life as a teenager and as one with problems it shows teens can help and shows that some adults just don't want to accept some parts of life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2002

    so good!

    "Lisa Bright and Dark" is one of my favorite books. It's amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2002

    this could happen to you too!

    Yes I would definitely recommend this book to read, but only to those people who enjoy reading about tragedies. This book took me a little while to get into but then it just started to click with things that happen everyday in life and it teaches you a really important lesson. The illness that Lisa gets in this book does not choose you, you choose it. You choose it with the actions that you make or don't make and everybody in this world needs to understand that there is at least one person out there that you can talk to and who wants to help you. So don't hide and run away from a problem(s) because they will always come back to haunt you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2001

    It's a chickbook

    This book was ok, but it certainly didn't keep me hooked. The dumb narrator, Betsy Goodman and her friends focused too much time on guys, and that shrink at the end. I mean come on, this book should be taken from Lisa's perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2001

    teenage tragedies

    I actually enjoyed reading this book because it shows how a child in many ways asks for help and never gets it, only from the people we'd least expect it to get it from. In this book it shows how weak adults really are, and how strong,confident, and helpful teenagers can really be. I'd ask parents to read this book thoroughly to learn something that they think they alredy know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2001

    so real...

    This was a good novel it showed a very real prespective on how mental illness can be, and how people around you can ignore the fact that a you are ill because they dont want to deal with it or because if they accept the fact that someone close to them is mentally ill theyre just afraid of what other people might think.I think this shows a good prespective on how it affects everyone around you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2000

    It had a good theme BUT.....

    Lisa Bright and Dark had a good moral benind it BUT it just didn't keep me interested. I am a very fast reader yet this story was so bad it took me a week just to read 145pgs. I would definitely not recommend it. The only reason why I read it was because I had to for school. If I didn't have to read it for school it wouldve been long gone. I really expected it to be better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2000

    I liked this book because...

    I gave this book 5 stars because it teaches you a lot about life and what can happen. If you like reading about mental illness or you just like a good book now and then, you will probably enjoy this one. Lisa only wants to get help. Someone to listen. Will she? Read and find out!

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