The 2016 1book 1community title has been chosen!
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman has been selected by Loudoun County Public Library as the 2016 title for the 1book 1community event.
Thousands of free copies will be distributed to patrons and to schools in September. Shusterman will visit in October to discuss his work and sign books. Details will be released in the fall issue of Pages.
1book 1community is a countywide reading program that promotes community dialogue and understanding through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. The program is made possible by the Irwin Uran Gift Fund, which provides thousands of copies of the chosen title every year.
About the book
Challenger Deep is the story of Caden Bosch, a teenaged boy who questions reality when he intermittently finds himself on a galleon headed for the deepest part of the world’s oceans; the point known as Challenger Deep. His friends and family notice his odd behavior, but no one, not even Caden, can differentiate between reality and fiction. His diagnosis of Schizophrenia leads his parents to make a difficult decision, and forces Caden to confront the villains in his head. Challenger Deep enlightens readers by diving into the uncharted territory of mental illness.
About the author
Shusterman won the 2015 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature for Challenger Deep. He is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Bruiser, The Schwa Was Here; and the UnWind series, among many more. His books have won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, a California Young Reader Medal, and have been listed on the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) choice list, the YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list, and twelve state lists.
Illustrations for Challenger Deep were created by Brendan Shusterman, son of the author, drawn during the earliest days of his own mental illness. His career as an artist and author includes participation in the 2015 collaborative novel Violent Ends, and forthcoming novels and books of poetry.
A note from the author
"Challenger Deep is by no means a work of fiction. The places that Caden goes are all too real. One in three U.S. families is affected by the specter of mental illness. I know, because our family is one of them. We faced many of the same things Caden and his family did. I watched as someone I loved journeyed to the deep, and I felt powerless to stop the descent. With the help of my son, I’ve tried to capture what that descent was like."
-- Neal Shusterman
Challenger Deep honors
2015 National Book Award Winner, Young People’s Literature
2016 Golden Kite Winner, Fiction
2015 Boston Globe Horn Book Award, Fiction Honor Winner
Previous 1book 1community titles and authors:
2015: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
2014: Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
2013: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
2012: When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka
2011: Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick
2010: Bicycles: Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni
2009: The Wall: Growing Up Behing the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis
2008: Nothing But the Truth by Avi
2007: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
2006: The Giver by Lois Lowry
2005: Witness by Karen Hesse
2004: The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal
A countywide reading program that promotes community dialogue and understanding through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.
Sponsored by the Irwin Uran Gift Fund