Challenger Deep (Hardcover)

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"I love this book because it’s incredibly and beautifully written. It tells the story of a young man who is starting to experience a mental health disorder and how his perception of reality changes as he learns how to navigate this new facet of his life that is completely out of his control. It opens a dialogue with the reader about what mental illness is, and gives us a way to understand a little better what so many people go through. 1 in 17 adults in America lives with serious mental illness, but so many times we disregard the sickness that we can’t see. Understanding more about these invisible diseases can make us more supportive and caring individuals. I really appreciate Neal Shusterman and his son Brandon, who created the illustrations for the novel, for their dedication in sharing this soul-striking narrative."

— Tomoko

"As Caden's unmoored reality wildly interweaves and collides with delusion, Shusterman's fascinating novel dives into the chaotic world of schizophrenia with empathy, humor, and heart."

— Meghan


National Book Award * Golden Kite Award Winner * Six Starred Reviews

A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.

Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.
Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.

Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images.
Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.

Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.
Caden Bosch is torn.

Challenger Deep is a deeply powerful and personal novel from one of today's most admired writers for teens. Laurie Halse Anderson, award-winning author of Speak, calls Challenger Deep "a brilliant journey across the dark sea of the mind; frightening, sensitive, and powerful. Simply extraordinary."

About the Author

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty books, including Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award; Scythe, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book; Dry, which he cowrote with his son, Jarrod Shusterman; Unwind, which won more than thirty domestic and international awards; Bruiser, which was on a dozen state lists; The Schwa Was Here, winner of the Boston GlobeHorn Book Award; and Game Changer, which debuted as an indie top-five best seller. You can visit him online at

Praise For…

“A brilliant journey across the dark sea of mental illness; frightening, sensitive, and powerful. Simply extraordinary.” — Laurie Halse Anderson, award-winning author of Speak

★ “Haunting, unforgettable, and life-affirming all at once.” — Booklist (starred review)

★ “An adventure in perspective as well as plot, this unusual foray into schizophrenia should leave readers with a deeper understanding of the condition.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

★ “Clearly written with love, the novel is moving; but it’s also funny, with dry, insightful humor. Illustrations by the author’s son Brendan, drawn during his own time in the depths of mental illness, haunt the story with scrambling, rambling lines, tremulousness, and intensity.” — Horn Book (starred review)

★ “Teens, especially fans of the author’s other novels, will enjoy this book. This affecting deep dive into the mind of a schizophrenic will captivate readers, engender empathy for those with mental illnesses, and offer much fodder for discussion.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

★ “A powerful collaboration...[Caden’s] story turns symptoms into lived reality in ways readers won’t easily forget.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A thoroughly realistic story...Both male and female readers will find this compelling while acquiring a deeper compassion and understanding. ” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“Shusterman does a masterful job...The intensity of living inside Caden’s mind makes this a wrenching read.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“Moving, funny, and insightful, Challenger Deep is about a boy named Caden who’s dealing with schizophrenia. Disorienting at times and emotionally poignant at others, this award-winning novel will make you ponder the complexities of mental illness.” — Brightly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061134111
ISBN-10: 0061134112
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
Publication Date: April 21st, 2015
Pages: 320
Language: English