Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Forgive me, Leonard Peacock.

By: Matthew Quick
Location: FIC QUI
Genre:Youth Fiction-Mental Illness. Male POV

Suicide is topical this week. Robin Williams has made it so. Interestingly I have seen a few posts on Facebook where Robin Williams death has triggered others to get help. We ignore youth mental health at our peril and it is our job- all of us to acknowledge its existence and be informed of  what it looks like. If you don't know- then read this book- you will never again be in doubt what it is like for a 18 year old young man who battles suicide and the issues that get him to that place- those issues are in my school on this day!
For our staff-  in this story is a teacher whose role is powerful and pivotal- never underestimate the power you have to impact a life!!
Herr Silverman can teach us that power!

Leonard Peacock is turning 18.
And he wants to say goodbye.

Not to his former best friend, whose torments have driven him to consider committing something tragic and horrific.

Nor to his mum who's moved out and left him to fend form himself. But to his four friends.
A Humphrey-Bogart-obsessed neighbour
A teenage violin virtuoso
A pastor's daughter
A teacher

Most of the time, Leonard believes he's weird and sad but these friends have made him think that maybe he's not.

He wants to thank them, and bid them farewell

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