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National Book Award * Golden Kite Award Winner * Six Starred ReviewsA captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images.Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.Caden Bosch is torn.Challenger Deep is a deeply powerful and personal novel from one of today's most admired writers for teens. Laurie Halse Anderson, award-winning author of Speak, calls Challenger Deep "a brilliant journey across the dark sea of the mind; frightening, sensitive, and powerful. Simply extraordinary."
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"I read this book a while back for school, and it stuck with me so much that years later I sought it out and bought it to reread. It’s a beautiful, deeply painful portrayal of mental illness which feels well described and relatable, while also strangely comforting. Although I do not have schizophrenia, I am mentally ill, and related to his struggles to stay in reality. My only warning is to make sure you are in a good mental state before reading, as (despite being a YA book) it does not shy away from graphic descriptions of his symptoms, and can be triggering."
"This book is supposed to be a YA book but it is so skillfully written I think anyone would enjoy it."
"Possibly my favorite book of all time. Shusterman has such a way with words and an amazing way of portraying mental health. So many beautiful parts and an overall heartwrenching story line."