by Linda Vigen Phillips


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A compelling novel in verse about mental illness

Laura is a typical fifteen-year-old growing up in the 1960s, navigating her way through classes, friendships, and even a new romance. But she’s carrying around a secret: her mother is suffering from a mental illness. No one in Laura’s family will talk about her mother’s past hospitalizations or increasingly erratic behavior, and Laura is confused and frightened. Laura finds some refuge in art, but when her mother suffers a breakdown after taking painting back up again herself, even art ceases to provide much comfort.

Eloquent and compelling, this powerful novel-in-verse tackles complex themes in a way that will have readers rooting for Laura to find the courage to get the answers she needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802854377
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/06/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Linda Vigen Phillips ( is a retired teacher. Crazy is her first novel. Linda lives in North Carolina.

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