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  • ISBN: 9781616209063
  • ISBN: 1616209062
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, 2019.

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Eleven-year-old Fig enrolls in an art class to better understand her father, a composer and pianist whose mental illness she tries to conceal from classmates, neighbors, and social services.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2
    Fig knows her teacher meant well by calling Child Protective Services the day Fig's father pulled her out of class, but all it did was make everything worse. It's been just the two of them since Fig was born, and she knows how to deal with his wild mood swings, but can she convince a caseworker that things are okay? Fig adds their CPS appointment to the calendar, where she counts down the days until hurricane season is over, because her father, a once-famous composer, is drawn to the music of storms, and not even Fig can reach him when they lure him down to the beach. In an effort to better understand him, she pours herself into an art project on Vincent van Gogh, finding parallels between her father's genius and erratic behavior and the painter's. Melleby's debut examines the complexities of having a parent with a mental illness and the responsibilities that kids sometimes must shoulder. Themes of trust and LGBTQ romance are incorporated into this weighty but hopeful story. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Nicole Melleby is a born-and-bred Jersey girl with a passion for storytelling. She studied creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University and currently teaches creative writing and literature courses with a handful of local universities. When she’s not writing, she can be found browsing the shelves at her local comic shop or watching soap operas with a cup of tea.

Subject: Manic-depressive illness > Fiction.
Musicians > Fiction.
Fathers and daughters > Fiction.

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