Black Box by Julie Schumacher

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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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About Julie Schumacher

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JULIE SCHUMACHER is the author of several highly acclaimed children's books. She is a professor of English at the University of Minnesota.

Author Residence: MN
Published August 19, 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 178 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Dora was the “storm on the horizon,” while Elena was “the needle that always pointed to steady.” When Dora begins suffering from a depression so profound that she becomes suicidal, Elena, who is starting a new school and lacks social support, puts her own life on hold as she struggles with the im...

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The program, which was often witty, occasionally dark and always creative, ranged from a solo work for Johnson to full-ensemble numbers featuring the entire company and several student guests.

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Elena and her older sister, Dora have always been best friends.

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