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(Don't) Call Me Crazy

Title

(Don't) Call Me Crazy

Authors

Kelly Jensen

Publisher

Algonquin

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9781616207816

Pages

240 pages

Genre

realism

Format

anthology

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2018Who’s Crazy? What does it mean to be crazy? Is using the word crazy offensive? What happens when a label like that gets attached to your everyday experiences? To understand mental health, we need to talk openly about it. Because there’s no single definition of crazy, there’s no single experience that embodies it, and the word itself means different things—wild? extreme? disturbed? passionate?—to different people. In (Don’t) Call Me Crazy, thirty-three actors, athletes, writers, and artists offer essays, lists, comics, and illustrations that explore a wide range of topics:their personal experiences with mental illness,how we do and don’t talk about mental health,help for better understanding how every person’s brain is wired differently,and what, exactly, might make someone crazy. If you’ve ever struggled with your mental health, or know someone who has, come on in, turn the pages . . . and let’s get talking.

Grade Level

9-12

Diversity Topics

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Gay/Lesbian; Gender Nonconformity; Transgender; Addiction; Developmental Disability; Learning Disability; Mental Illness; Neurological Disorder; gay; transgender female; gender variance; gender expression; autism; autism spectrum disorder; attention deficit disorder; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; migraines; depression; anxiety; panic attacks; obsessive compulsive disorder; bipolar disorder; borderline personality disorder; schizophrenia; eating disorder; anorexia; bulimia; binging and purging; post traumatic stress disorder; suicidal thoughts and/or tendencies; misophonia; body dysmorphia; trichotillomania; paranoia; grandiose delusions; therapy; alcoholism; drug addiction; substance abuse; smoking; cosmetic surgery addiction

Race/Ethnicities

multiple

LGBTQ+

gay; transgender

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2018, Nominee, Non-fiction (Junior/Senior High )
Schneider Family Book Award, 2019, Honor, Teen

Keywords

support; patience; affliction; relief; pride; compassion; variety; survival; identity; compromise; medication; struggle; tranquility

Diversity Impact

direct

(Don't) Call Me Crazy


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