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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Night Shift...Spotlight

About the book:
A stunning black and white illustration book with simple text,follows a young girl who is haunted by dragons. These are not just your average fire-breathing dragons, either. These dragons represent the depression the young girl battles using her ‘night skills’: skills that give her both the ability to survive inside her own darkness and the knowledge that nothing - not even long, dark nights filled with monsters - will last forever.

Author and illustrator of over 80 picture books and the winner of two Kate Greenaway Awards, Debi Gliori, brings the struggle of fighting depression to life by drawing from her own personal war with the illness in Night Shift. She pens a brave and powerful book that’s perfect for both young and old dragon fighters, and any reader who needs an uninhibited reminder that they’re not alone.

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About the author:
Debi Gliori is well known for both her picture books and her novels for children and has been shortlisted for all the major prizes, including the Kate Greenaway Award (twice) and the Scottish Arts Council Award. Debi was the Shetland Islands' first Children's Writer-in Residence. She has written and illustrated No Matter What, The Trouble With Dragons, Stormy Weather, The Scariest Thing of All, What's the Time, Mr Wolf?, Dragon Loves Penguin and, most recently, Alfie in the Bath and Alfie in the Garden as well as the popular Pure Dead fiction series for older readers.

Gliori says the book is for “... anyone who needs it, anyone who thinks they might be going into a depressive episode, anyone who is in the middle of one, anyone who is watching someone they love go through it and is desperately trying to understand what they are going through, anyone who has come out on the other side, really anyone who is interested in understanding what the illness is.” Gliori hopes that by sharing her own experience she can help others to find that subtle shift that will show the way out.

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October 5 is National Depression Screening Day. This year, the focus is on the importance of seeking help. Depression is a common and treatable mood disorder, and spreading awareness about the different ways those dealing with it can get help could save lives. Please join us this National Depression Screening Day and help us spread the word to increase awareness of mental health. You can take an anonymous screening here.

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Thanks to Pamela Crossan of Wunderkind PR for the opportunity to spotlight this book. You can learn more about Deb Gliori on her website and connect with her on Twitter.

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