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Cameron And The Girls Excerpt

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“Mad crashes into happy and sad bounces off of guilty until they all live in a big smoky heap in my mind.” Fourteen-year-old Cameron Galloway of Lexington, Washington, understands that he has schizophreniform disorder and needs to take pills to quiet the voices in his head. But he likes the voices, especially the gentle, encouraging voice of The Girl. Conflicted, he turns to his friend Nina Savage, who is clinically depressed and can relate to his horror of the numbing effects of medication. They make a pact to ditch the pills. At first they feel triumphant, but soon Cameron’s untreated mind goes haywire—to disastrous effect.
“Mad crashes into happy and sad bounces off of guilty until they all live in a big smoky heap in my mind.” Fourteen-year-old Cameron Galloway of Lexington, Washington, understands that he has schizophreniform disorder and needs to take pills to quiet the voices in his head. But he likes the voices, especially the gentle, encouraging voice of The Girl. Conflicted, he turns to his friend Nina Savage, who is clinically depressed and can relate to his horror of the numbing effects of medication. They make a pact to ditch the pills. At first they feel triumphant, but soon Cameron’s untreated mind goes haywire—to disastrous effect.

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Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on Apr 10, 2013
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Clarion Books215 Park Avenue SouthNew York, New York 10003Copyright
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2013 by Edward Averett All rights reserved. For information about permission to reproduceselections from this book, write to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt PublishingCompany, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003.Clarion Books is an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.www.hmhbooks.comThe text was set in 14-point Norlik.Hand-lettering by Zachariah OHoraLibrary of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Averett, Edward, 1951Cameron and the girls / Edward Averett.p. cm.Summary: A boy suffering from schizophreniform disorder falls into a love triangle witha girl in his junior high class—and a girl in his head.ISBN 978-0-547-61215-7 (hardcover)[1. Schizophrenia—Fiction. 2. Mental illness—Fiction. 3. Love—Fiction.] I. Title.PZ7.A9345Cam 2013[Fic]—dc232012015765Manufactured in the United States of AmericaDOC 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 14500403270
 
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 just walked the half mile down our driveway, andnow I’m standing by the mailbox at our bus stop talk-ing to myself. Which wouldn’t be a bad thing, exceptthat my sister, Beth, is standing with me.“Stop doing that,” she says.“Stop doing what?”“You know,” she says. But I can tell she’s mad aboutsomething else. “I hope Dad has a car wreck today,” sheadds. “He thinks he can actually ground me.”“Bad, huh?” I say.“They’re both going to be sorry one of these days,”she says. Beth takes after our dad, who is a former semi-pro football player. She plays basketball and volleyballand towers over both me and our mom.

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