CALVIN by Martine Leavitt
Kirkus Star


Age Range: 12 - 18
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Calvin's personality seems to have been destined: he was born on the day comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes” ended, his grandfather gave the infant a Hobbes-like tiger toy that was his constant childhood companion, and his best (and only) friend was always Susie.

But now important senior-year assignments are going undone, Susie has abandoned him for more popular kids, and suddenly Calvin is convinced that Hobbes is right there with him. It's schizophrenia. Calvin is placed on a locked ward for treatment. He decides his last, best hope is to go on a dangerous pilgrimage—to hike all the way across frozen Lake Erie from his Canadian home to Cleveland, where the comic-strip creator lives. Watterson could, perhaps, save him if he'd just agree to write one last comic strip featuring a healthy Calvin and no Hobbes. Susie, loyal still in spite of her previous behavior, accompanies him. The evolving relationship between the two shines a light on Calvin's unbroken soul. Hobbes’ biting commentary keeps Calvin grounded enough to make most things work, as Calvin's voice, bewildered, frustrated, sometimes tragic, but always determined and surprisingly insightful, provides counterpoint to alter ego Hobbes’.

Equal parts coming-of-age tale, survival adventure, and love story, this outstanding novel also sensitively deals with an uncommon but very real teen issue, making it far more than the sum of its parts. (Fiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: Nov. 17th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-374-38073-1
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Margaret Ferguson/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2015


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