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Whaley, John C.
New York: Dial, 2016.
ISBN 0525428186

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

After an embarrassing breakdown that including being in his underwear in the school fountain, 16-year-old agoraphobic Solomon hasn’t left his house in a few years.  He enjoys his comfortable life with his loving parents, playing card games and reading comics. Lisa, a former classmate, has never stopped remembering the day Solomon went in the fountain.  In fact, he inspired her to pursue a scholarship to study psychology at a prestigious college program.  She must write an entrance essay detailing her experience with mental illness.  She decides Solomon is the perfect person for her to cure and write about.  She and her boyfriend Clark develop a genuine friendship with Solomon and things are starting to look up for him.  As their friendship grows, Solomon begins to have feelings for Clark and some uncomfortable truths come out. 
(Oklahoma High School Sequoyah Award, 2018)

Booktalk #2

Do you sometimes wish that you could stay at home and never, ever, go out? For Solomon, the only way to control his agoraphobia is to stay inside and avoid any contact with “the outside.” But what happens if the outside comes in? Solomon’s carefully developed rational behavior will be put to a test when a very determined “outsider” enters his world and brings a friend and a hidden agenda. This book portrays both the difficulties and the life-changing effects of fighting for relationships that are worthy. (Florida Teens Read (FTR) 2017-2018)

SUBJECTS:     Agoraphobia -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Gays -- Fiction.
                        Panic attacks -- Fiction.

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