Books featuring a mother with a mental illness

Book review: Breakthrough

Author: Katerina MitrevskaGenre: MemoirPublisher: Tablo (2020) Image source “Breakthrough is a collection of poems about a childhood overshadowed by a mother’s mental illness. It is about a mother whose untreated postnatal depression gradually deteriorated, leading to her eventual diagnosis as a schizophrenic. These poems explore fear, anger, shame, resentment and rejection that lead to self-recognition, gratitude,… Continue reading Book review: Breakthrough

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Book Review: Everything I’ve Never Said

Author: Samantha WheelerPublisher: UQP (2018)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle-grade readership) Image sourceImage description: Book cover, blue water of a swimming pool, close up of a young white girl's face as she floats. “Ava wants nothing more than to tell her family she loves them, particularly her big sister, Nic. But Ava has Rett syndrome… Continue reading Book Review: Everything I’ve Never Said

Books featuring a mother with a mental illness

Book Review: The Coconut Children

Author: Vivian PhamPublisher: Vintage Books (2020)Genre: Historical fiction Content warning: mentions of alcoholism, overdose “Life in a troubled neighbourhood demands too much too young. But Sonny wouldn’t really know. Watching the world from her bedroom window, she exists only in second-hand romance novels and falls for any fast-food employee who happens to spare her a… Continue reading Book Review: The Coconut Children

Books featuring a mother with a mental illness

Book Review – Who Let the Gods Out?

Author: Maz Evans Publisher: Chicken House (2017) Genre: Fantasy/Adventure (for a middle-grade readership) “When Elliot wished upon a star, he didn’t expect a constellation to crash into his dung heap. The constellation (Virgo) thinks she’s perfect. Elliot doesn’t. Together they release Thanatos, evil daemon of Death. Epic fail. They need the king of the Gods… Continue reading Book Review – Who Let the Gods Out?

Books featuring a father with a mental illness

Book review – A Library of Lemons

Author: Jo Cotterill Publisher: Piccadilly Press (2016) Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle-grade readership) “Calypso usually keeps her head buried in a book – but when a new girl joins her class who also loves reading and writing stories, it sparks a close and special friendship. Mae’s home is busy, lively and noisy, just like… Continue reading Book review – A Library of Lemons

Books featuring a mother with a mental illness

Courage for Beginners – Book Review

Author: Karen Harrington Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (2014) Genre: Contemporary fiction, coming of age (middle-grade) “Mysti Murphy wishes she was a character in a book. If her life were fictional, she’d magically know how to deal with the fact that her best friend, Anibal Gomez, has abandoned her in favour of being a ‘hipster.’… Continue reading Courage for Beginners – Book Review

Books featuring a mother with a mental illness

Book review – This is How I Find Her

Author: Sara Polsky Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company (2013) Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a YA readership) Content warning: mentions of suicide. “Sophie has always lived in the shadow of her mother’s mental illness. She checks her mum’s meds and makes sure the rent’s paid. She rushes home after school and makes dinner every night. She… Continue reading Book review – This is How I Find Her

Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

Book Review – For the Forest of a Bird

Author: Sue Saliba Publisher: Penguin Books Australia (2015) Genre: Contemporary fiction (YA) “Nella waits for the swallows by the creek each spring. It’s a secret vigil she’s followed ever since her father left. This year she’s going to take him with her…but can we ever return to the way things were?” I’d just read Alaska… Continue reading Book Review – For the Forest of a Bird