June 21, 2022 by Amanda MacGregor
Growing up with undiagnosed and untreated anxiety—let’s call it what it is, mental illness—was what led me to write the main character in my debut middle grade horror, The Clackity, as a young girl with anxiety
May 17, 2022 by Amanda MacGregor
I can't think of any book that really captures what it's like to deal with that anger inside of you and the fallout from it like this one does.
April 20, 2022 by Amanda MacGregor
When people ask how my depression started, I say three little words: The Lion King.
February 23, 2022 by Amanda MacGregor
How do you take care of yourself—and your creativity—when the world around you feels unsafe?
December 9, 2021 by Amanda MacGregor
This sophisticated and painful look at loving someone with a mental illness and the many missteps a family can make shows the challenges of loving someone during difficult times and the dangers of mental illness not being properly treated or properly addressed.
December 2, 2021 by Amanda MacGregor
When the pocket world Kiki has created in her sketchbooks turns out to be real, and Kiki is now in it, her anxiety has to morph from "oh no, if I left the door unlocked a goose may eat my mom!" to "can I get out of my own way far enough to save everyone in this world?!"
November 29, 2021 by Amanda MacGregor
I am so glad that not only are we seeing so many more middle grade stories that address mental health concerns, but that we're seeing these stories presented in a variety of ways. The graphic novel format is well-suited for this story as readers will see the impact of what it's like to have a mental illness tagging along beside your every move.
November 22, 2021 by Amanda MacGregor
Not only is the story a total hit (and such a necessary depiction of a young Black boy navigating anxiety), but the format itself and all of the art make this exceedingly appealing.
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