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Born on the day the last Calvin and Hobbes comic strip was published, seventeen-year-old Calvin, a schizophrenic, sees and has conversations with the tiger, Hobbes, and believes that if he can persuade the strip's creator, Bill Watterson, to do one more strip, he will make Calvin well.
Publisher: Toronto :, Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press, , [2015].
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781554987207
Characteristics: 181 pages ;,22 cm.


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Dec 03, 2019

About a kid who finds out he has schizophrenia and thinks he is really Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. A lot of interesting things in here. I enjoyed that it takes place in Canada and the Canadian references and just the overall feel of the book. Calvin and Susie talk through a lot of really big issues, but without boring the reader. It's also sad at times, and scary, and I don't know much about schizophrenia but I feel the author tries to put us into Calvin's brain so we can see a little of what it could be like.

I think it is worth reading for anyone who is a fan of Calvin and Hobbes and for teens in general.

Sep 04, 2019

I'm always interested in contemporary "coming of age" stories which might feel more relevant to young people today - Catcher was interesting, but couldn't tell my story as a working class kid in the 70's, much less that of my daughters in the 2000's. I found this an engaging & suspenseful story - with just enough magic & magical thinking to be sure I'd fall in love with the characters. I recommend.

laurendouglass Jan 30, 2019

Calvin: a novel is a beautifully written, quick-to-read story about a 17 year old named Calvin, who is obsessed with Bill Watterson and the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip.  The novel begins with the real Calvin's schizophrenia diagnosis and his decision that he must have Mr. Watterson's help to overcome his illness.  This is a quick read not only because it is written mostly as dialog, but also because you'll want to push on through to the end to find out what happens to Calvin and his friend/girlfriend Susie as they try to get Bill Watterson's help.  Yes, there are many similarities between the 17 year old Calvin in the novel and the infamous Calvin of the comic strip.  This is the perfect book for fans of Calvin and Hobbes, as well as anyone interested in the Great Lakes - Lake Eerie lovers in particular.

This book was a delightful surprise.  A definite crossover for adults as well as the intended teen audience.  

Calvin is a brilliant 17 year old who has procrastinated much too long on his final English and biology projects. Recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, he decides to undertake an epic pilgrimage across Lake Erie along with childhood friend Susie and the hallucination of a 10 foot tiger named Hobbes to convince Bill Watterson to write one more strip of Calvin & Hobbes. Thoughtful and heartfelt. (Submitted by Meghan W).

Aug 03, 2017

Seventeen Year old Calvin is diagnosed with Schizophrenia when he starts hallucinating about a man-eating tiger. The hallucinations last and Calvin struggles to regain control of his own mind. He does so with one grand, incredibly risky adventure and the description of his battle with his mind and the forces of nature makes for very interesting reading. A tale told sensitively. Calvin agonizes that the loneliest feeling in the world is "the feeling you get when you see somehting no one else can see, or hear something no one else can hear,or believe something no one else can believe." He calls it his "alone" feeling and says he just cannot make anyone else understand.

Apr 09, 2017

I loved the concept in so many ways. Have been a Calvin & Hobbes fan for many years and was also interested in finding out what it is like to have schizophrenia.

Calvin has a schizophrenic episode and ends up in the hospital. He decides to put into action a plan to walk across Lake Erie to meet Bill Watterson in Cleveland. He has contacted Bill in assorted ways asking for one last comic strip with Calvin his age and sane without Hobbes. That will be the cure -- Calvin is certain.

Then his childhood friend Susie decides to join him on his pilgrimage. Is Susie real or a figment of his imagination (like Hobbes)??? Finding out kept me reading until the last chapter. Everyone else can find out the same way I did.

Why four stars and not five?? I found the dialogue style of propelling the story along was a bit hard to follow at times. Well worth reading in spite of that, though. Recommended!

SCL_Heather Jan 11, 2017

Teenage Calvin was born on the same day that Bill Watterson’s final Calvin and Hobbes comic strip appeared. Is it any surprise that his favourite stuffed toy as a child was a tiger named Hobbes and that he has a troubled relationship with his childhood friend and neighbour named Susie?
Nearing the end of high school Calvin has a schizophrenic episode in which his imaginary tiger comes to life. Calvin sets out across frozen Lake Erie to track down Calvin and Hobbes creator Watterson determined that his illness will disappear if the artist draws one last strip about Calvin at 17, “healthy and well, with no Hobbes in it.” Susie accompanies Calvin on his journey but it’s unclear until the end of the book whether it’s the real Susie or just another figment of Calvin’s imagination.
Even if you’ve never been a fan of Calvin and Hobbes cartoons, there is much to enjoy in this lovely young adult novel by Alberta writer Martine Leavitt. A tender look at self discovery and mental illness.

Dec 05, 2016

SCL Afternoon Book Club rates this 7 out of 10. A great book for inspiring discussion.

Dec 05, 2016

Calvin gives you a lot to think about. It even had me going back and rereading Calvin and Hobbes.

Jul 22, 2016

Calvin was so good! It really connects with the reader, and makes you appreciate everything that the characters are feeling. I would 100% recommend.

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Dec 05, 2016

"Maybe the loneliest feeling in the world, Bill, is the feeling you get when you see something no one else can see, or hear something no one else can hear, or believe something no one else can believe. Maybe that's the worst thing about what I have, that alone feeling, knowing that I can't make anyone really understand about Hobbes." p114

Dec 05, 2016

"Me: You know what makes me crazy, Susie? Being crazy, that's what. Try staying sane when everyone treats you like you're insane."

JCLChrisK May 24, 2016

Reality is just this game people play together, something their brain decides on, and the minute their brain gets iffy about reality, they realize everything they know about the world is just their own made-up version of it, and that would mean everyone is walking around in their own made-up world, all alone, and reality is just something we invent together to make us feel not so alone. It scares people when some of us check out of the game.

JCLChrisK May 24, 2016

I've figured out there's a difference between the meaning of the word 'real' and the meaning of the word 'true.'

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