This is one of the finalists for the LA Times Prize for YA Literature and the only book I had not read. SWALLOW ME WHOLE is a graphic novel about two teens who are dealing with mental illness. Ruth and Perry are step-siblings. Ruth suffers from OCD while Perry sees a tiny wizard who forces him to complete drawings and plans for "missions." Ruth is so consumed by her illness that it leaves her virtually paralyzed at times to move forward. With spare text, some of which is so tiny and blurred as to make it indecipherable, Powell manages to convey to the reader what it is like to battle demons, how impotent family and friends can feel, why some illnesses are difficult to diagnose. Probably not the best pre-bedtime book, I'll admit, as my dreams were of insects and wizards, and a giant frog. But, totally absorbing and compelling.
Off to breakfast soon with Tim Jones of Holt. Then, Day #1 of TLA. Tweets to follow as opportunity presents itself.