48 hopeful middle-grade books about mental illness accurately depicting the struggles of mental health issues — from anxiety (OCD, PTSD), hoarding, schizophrenia, and major depression.
Jamie and I discuss her choice to write about a child with cerebral palsy, the inclusion of a grandparent with Alzhiemer’s, baking, and how she makes time for writing despite a busy schedule. We also talked about how others can show more consideration to people with a disability.
Twelve-year-old Ellie is a sassy, determined baker. It just so happens that she also has cerebral palsy and has to use a wheelchair. Her dad couldn’t deal with her being ill at birth (and for months after), so he pretty much skipped out on her and her mom who’s been her #1 advocate.
When Ellie’s grandfather’s Alzheimer’s takes a turn for the worse, Ellie and her mom move into her grandparents trailer in Oklahoma to help out for six months.
Hena Khan and I talk about her love for Little Women, why she finally started to believe she could write books for a living, and the best writing advice she’s ever received.