Annotations for Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets


Baker & Taylor
A sixteen-year-old boy wrestling with depression and anxiety tries to cope by writing poems, reciting Walt Whitman, hugging trees, and figuring out why his sister has been kicked out of the house.

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Baker & Taylor
Singing songs to himself in the style of Walt Whitman to raise his self-esteem and alleviate depression, 16-year-old James rebels against the father who kicked out James' older sister while struggling to understand the circumstances that led to his sister's self-destructive behavior. A first novel. 20,000 first printing.

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Houghton
A teenager's attempt to save himself by writing poems, hugging trees, and figuring out what it takes to be a good brother. James experiences the highs and lows of teenage depression while he tries to figure out how it's possible to survive, even when parents and teachers do everything they can to make a kid feel crazy.


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Houghton

2014 Morris Award finalist

"I hate myself but I love Walt Whitman, the kook. Always positive. I need to be more positive, so I wake myself up every morning with a song of myself." Sixteen-year-old James Whitman has been yawping (à la Whitman) at his abusive father ever since he kicked his beloved older sister, Jorie, out of the house. James's painful struggle with anxiety and depression--along with his ongoing quest to understand what led to his self-destructive sister's exile--make for a heart-rending read, but his wild, exuberant Whitmanization of the world and keen sense of humor keep this emotionally charged debut novel buoyant.

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