My Life in the Fish Tank

My Life in the Fish Tank

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When twelve-year-old Zinnia Manning's older brother Gabriel is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it turns her family's world upside-down, especially since they are keeping the information private.-- Provided by Publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Aladdin, 2020
Edition: First Aladdin hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781534432338
Branch Call Number: J FICTION DEE...B
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 01, 2020

I am a huge fan of this cover! Such beautiful artwork and so inviting! I also really appreciated the way Barbara Dee framed a discussion of mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder, through the eyes of Zinnia. When one family member gets ill, the entire family is affected. Zinnia's big brother is spending time in a treatment center after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her friends want to support her, but Zinnia does not want to talk about it. In fact, her parents have asked that the family try not to give out details on Gabriel's condition in an effort to preserve his privacy. The situation is complicated and emotions run high. With an older sister (Scarlett) and a younger brother (Aiden) gives us as readers the opportunity to witness reactions to the situation from different development levels. The parents are an additional witness to the difficulties families face in such situations. Loved the relationships Zinnia develops with classmates also going through family trauma, the teachers who step up to support her, and the working through of middle school drama with old friends.


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