Black Box by Julie Schumacher audiobook

Black Box

By Julie Schumacher
Read by Lynde Houck

Listening Library (Audio) 9780385735421
3.89 Hours Unabridged
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WHEN DORA, ELENA’S older sister, is diagnosed with depression and has to be admitted to the hospital, Elena can’t seem to make sense of their lives anymore. At school, the only people who acknowledge Elena are Dora’s friends and Jimmy Zenk—who failed at least one grade and wears blackevery day of the week. And at home, Elena’s parents keep arguing with each other. Elena will do anything to help her sister get better and get their lives back to normal—even when the responsibility becomes too much to bear.

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Summary

Summary

WHEN DORA, ELENA’S older sister, is diagnosed with depression and has to be admitted to the hospital, Elena can’t seem to make sense of their lives anymore. At school, the only people who acknowledge Elena are Dora’s friends and Jimmy Zenk—who failed at least one grade and wears blackevery day of the week. And at home, Elena’s parents keep arguing with each other. Elena will do anything to help her sister get better and get their lives back to normal—even when the responsibility becomes too much to bear.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Schumacher’s books ring with genuine and true memories, and her technical skills put her among the top middle-grade and YA writers working today. Pete Hautman, winner of the National Book Award
Black Box is a vivid, intimate portrait of the effect depression has on its immediate victim and on the people around her. Taut and compact, it is written with passionate clarity. Andrew Solomon, bestselling author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
This tale of a good family that suddenly finds itself in bad trouble is witty and spare and expertly maps the territory of depression. Julie Schumacher is a wonderful writer; I love this novel. Judith Guest, bestselling author of Ordinary People
Starred Review, Booklist, November 1, 2008:"Schumacher beautifully conveys Elena's loneliness and guilt as she tries to protect her sister without betraying her, as well as the emotional release she experiences upon finding someone to trust with her own feelings."
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 4, 2008:"[A] standout novel."
Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, September 2008:"[T]his understatedly told story dramatically illustrates the way one family member's setback happens to the whole family, but they must all still find their own ways through it."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, August 2008:"A readable, ultimately uplifting book about a difficult subject."

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Author

Author Bio: Julie Schumacher

Author Bio: Julie Schumacher

Julie Schumacher, a graduate of Oberlin College and Cornell University, is an author whose first novel, The Body Is Water, was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Minnesota Book Award. Her 2014 novel Dear Committee Members won the James Thurber Prize for Humor. Her other books include a short story collection and several books for younger readers. She is a faculty member in the creative writing program and the English department at the University of Minnesota.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 3.89
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English