Twelve-year-old Carla’s brother is someone she likes hanging out with. She describes Adam as someone who likes sports, video games, and taking walks in the park. Carla describes how, in high school, Adam started to act in ways that were not like his usual self. After being examined by a doctor, Adam was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Carla describes what the symptoms of schizophrenia are, how Adam came to have it, what life with schizophrenia might be like for Adam and other people who have his diagnosis, and what Adam’s treatment is like.
The story is very informative, which is reflective of the authors’ assertion that it was written as a way to educate children about schizophrenia. Readers may balk at the unfortunate mentions that imply that schizophrenia makes people disabled, but the authors are clearly well-intentioned in their depiction of being a family member with one who has schizophrenia. Recommended for middle school students.