My Father, the Nutcase by Judith Caseley

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When her father becomes clinically depressed, fifteen-year-old Zoe worries that his illness will engulf the entire family.

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Judith Caseley says, "When I was a little girl, I fell in love with Abraham Lincoln. I was drawn to the kindness and melancholy I saw in his face. My sister Jean and I prayed to a framed portrait of him that hung on our bedroom wall. To this day, when I see Lincoln's likeness on the wall of a school auditorium, my heart lifts with gladness or my eyes fill with tears. I remember the fierce secrets we told him, the joys and sorrows that were for his ears only. It was a private act of communion, and we called him A. L." Judith Caseley is the author-artist of such favorite picture books as On the Town: A Community Adventure; Bully; Mama, Coming and Going; and Dear Annie. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her two children.
Published October 13, 1992 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 185 pages
Genres: Young Adult. Fiction

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Zoe Cohen, 15, is struggling with the disruptions in family life caused by her father's severe depression, and with her own inner turmoil over dating.

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In the words of 15-year-old Zoe Cohen, her father's accident (he drove his car into a tree) marked ``the ominous beginning.'' Things slip from bad to worse: severely depressed, Mr. Cohen quits his job, stays in bed most of the day and grows more and more detached from Zoe, her mother and two sist...

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