Finalist Spotlight: Martine Leavitt


CALVIN – 2015 Whitney Awards Finalist

Calvin

 Seventeen-year-old Calvin has always known his fate is linked to the comic book character from Calvin & Hobbes. He was born on the day the last strip was published; his grandpa left a stuffed tiger named Hobbes in his crib; and he even has a best friend named Susie.

As a child Calvin played with the toy Hobbes, controlling his every word and action, until Hobbes was washed to death. But now Calvin is a teenager who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, Hobbes is back―as a delusion―and Calvin can’t control him.

Calvin decides that if he can convince Bill Watterson to draw one final comic strip, showing a normal teenaged Calvin, he will be cured. Calvin and Susie (and Hobbes) set out on a dangerous trek across frozen Lake Erie to track him down.


 

Leavitt - Calvin

 


 

Martine Leavitt

. . . is the author of ten novels for young adults, including My Book of Life by Angel, a novel written in verse and winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year award. Leavitt’s other titles include Keturah and Lord Death, a finalist for the National Book Award, Tom Finder, winner of the Mr. Christie Award, and Heck Superhero, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Her novels have been published in Japan, Korea, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands. Currently she teaches creative writing to graduate students at Vermont College of Fine Arts, a short-residency MFA program. She is a mother of seven, grandmother of seventeen, and lives in the beleaguered but beloved town of High River, Alberta.

 

Martine

 


 You can find Martine’s books HERE.