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A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler

Release Date: May 2010

About the Book: Terrified that her mother, a schizophrenic and an artist, is a mirror that reflects her own future, sixteen-year-old Aura struggles with her overwhelming desires to both chase artistic pursuits and keep madness at bay.

As her mother sinks deeper into the darkness of mental illness, the hunger for a creative outlet keeps drawing Aura toward the depths of her own imagination—the shadows of make-believe that she finds frighteningly similar to her mother’s hallucinations.

Convinced that creative equals crazy, Aura shuns her art, and her life unravels in the process.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: It's such a small world! A couple weeks ago, Holly e-mailed me and after chatting a bit, we discovered we're in the same town! I was thrilled! We never have local YA authors here! Today Holly stopped by the library and we got to talk and we're both very excited about planning some YA events. My teens have been asking for author vists and I think Holly's book will make a great discussion book. Plus, I've enjoyed everything that's put out out by Flux, so I know she's in good hands and it'll be a great read.
And congrats to Holly who sold two more books this year-I'm sure she's got a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! Keep an eye out for Holly's book and I'll keep you posted on any events we have happening at the library.


  1. GREAT talking to you today! I can't wait to see my book on the library shelves...and to be part of local teen events!

  2. This sounds amazing. It's really great Holly is local and you can do events together at the library and everything. She sold two more books?! Wow, that's great!!


  3. Definitely looking forward to this one! And I LOVE, LOVE the cover that was recently added. It's gorgeous and fits the story perfectly. :)
    And, wow, in person! It IS a small, small world, lol.

  4. The cover looks gorgeous! Looking forward to gearing more about this one at some point.

  5. Sounds Great!! Adding it to my TBR list! =)

  6. Great pick! I just read about this one yesterday and I can't wait to read it. It sounds very interesting!

  7. Wonderful. Wonder why I've never known about this book. Great pick!

  8. Certainly getting excited about that one! As well as I REALLY LIKE, ADORE the actual include which was lately additional. It is beautiful as well as suits the actual tale completely.

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