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Congratulations to author Karen Fortunati!

The International Literacy Association (ILA) named THE WEIGHT OF ZERO to its ILA Children’s and Young Adults’ Book Awards list!

In the press release, ILA named Karen as one of the prestigious, “…newly published authors who show extraordinary promise.”

THE WEIGHT OF ZERO is Karen’s debut book – released last year in hard cover and coming this fall in paperback – it is a BEA Buzz Book, an ABA Indies Introduce Pick and a New York Public Library “Best Book for Teens.”

Read THE WEIGHT OF ZERO Discussion Guide here: Discussion Guide

For fans of 13 Reasons Why and Girl in Pieces, this is a novel that shows the path to hope and life for a girl with mental illness.

Seventeen-year-old Catherine Pulaski knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disorder, almost triumphed once; that was her first suicide attempt.

And so, in an old ballet-shoe box, Catherine stockpiles medications, preparing to take her own life before Zero can inflict his living death on her again. Before she goes, though, she starts a short bucket list. This bucket list, combined with the support of her family, new friends, and a new course of treatment, begins to ease Catherine’s sense of isolation. The problem is, her plan is already in place, and has been for so long that she might not be able to see a future beyond it.

This is a story of loss and grief and hope, and how some of the many shapes of love—maternal, romantic, and platonic—affect a young woman’s struggle with mental illness and the stigma of treatment.

Check out Karen’s website at: www.karenfortunati.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @KarenFortunati