11.4.19 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? CHALLENGER DEEP by Neal Shusterman

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week


the titles we are currently reading.}



Description from IndieBound

National Book Award and Golden Kite Award Winner

A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.

Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.
Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.
Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence to document the journey with images.
Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.
Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.
Caden Bosch is torn.

Challenger Deep is a deeply powerful and personal novel from one of today’s most admired writers for teens. Laurie Halse Anderson, award-winning author of Speak, calls Challenger Deep “a brilliant journey across the dark sea of the mind; frightening, sensitive, and powerful. Simply extraordinary.”


This book had been on my TBR pile for awhile…then fell off somehow. That’s what happens when there are SO MANY good books for me to read.

When Challenger Deep showed up as an audio book as I scrolled through Libby, I gladly downloaded it.

And was captivated as I laid down the new floor in my kitchen. (Listening to a good book makes work so much more enjoyable. Try it sometime.)

This book was challenging at times. It was tough to figure out what was going on since much of it was imaginary—in the character’s head. This is definitely a high school book.

Mental illness is scary to me. It’s not like a bone that can be set and cast; a wound that can be stitched; or a sickness that can be cured with a simple pill. Our brains are complicated. One of the complicated parts is that many times when someone takes prescribed medication to help with the mental illness, they start to feel better… and then think they don’t need the medication any more.

When they stop taking it, it causes more problems.

When we read books that give us windows into the lives of others who are struggling with things we aren’t, it gives us the opportunity to grow in our understanding of what others deal with.

It gives us an opportunity to grow in compassion and understanding.





Period 2&3 read 10 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 11 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 12books this past week.


Almost finished. Listened while I cleaned the garage on Saturday 🙂














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