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Calvin

Seventeen-year-old Calvin's first gift was a tiger named Hobbes, his best friend is named Susie, and he was born the same day Bill Watterson's last Calvin and Hobbes comic was published. It's little wonder, then, that he thinks he is Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. And that would also explain why Hobbes the tiger is actually talking to him.

Canadian novelist and National Book Award finalist Martine Leavitt (Heck Superhero; Katurah and Lord Death) skillfully reflects the daily agony of a funny, hyper-intelligent young man who just wants to be normal, not a guy who's diagnosed with schizophrenia. Calvin decides that if he can persuade Bill Watterson to write just one more comic--one with no Hobbes--then he will be cured. And, if he walks from his home in Ontario, across the frozen top of Lake Erie to Ohio, where Watterson lives, the cartoonist won't be able to refuse. Susie decides to join him, and their treacherous, icy journey blurs into a dreamlike odyssey. They talk about beauty, bullying, poverty, war, zebra mussels... and the possibility of changing the world. Leavitt's Calvin is a hopeful, exquisite exploration of the human mind--both well and sick--and the slippery nature of reality. --Karin Snelson, children's & YA editor, Shelf Awareness