- By Sis Deans

Riding Out the Storm

  • Title: Riding Out the Storm
  • Author: Sis Deans
  • ISBN: 9780805093551
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Riding Out the Storm Zach is riding the Greyhound bus through a snowstorm to visit his older brother Derek whom he hasn t seen in seven months That s when their parents finally went broke paying Derek s doctor s bills an

    Zach is riding the Greyhound bus through a snowstorm to visit his older brother Derek, whom he hasn t seen in seven months That s when their parents finally went broke paying Derek s doctor s bills and had to give him up as a ward of the state Nothing not drawing in his sketchbook, not basketball lets Zach forget that his brother is living in a mental institution five stZach is riding the Greyhound bus through a snowstorm to visit his older brother Derek, whom he hasn t seen in seven months That s when their parents finally went broke paying Derek s doctor s bills and had to give him up as a ward of the state Nothing not drawing in his sketchbook, not basketball lets Zach forget that his brother is living in a mental institution five states away But surprisingly, sitting next to a talkative teenage girl he nicknames Purplehead starts to take the edge off Zach s pain.Prompted by a chain of unpredictable events and by the people he meets along the way, Zach s cynical humor gives us a poignant look at medical insurance and health care systems for the mentally ill, and at the everyday fears, joys, and revelations of adolescence.

    1 thought on “Riding Out the Storm

    1. Zach makes clear the impact of having a bipolar person in the family, but his story never involved me. The bus ride and riders were the stronger component of the book. Yes, we learned about his feelings for Derek, his fear of carrying the gene, his resentment of Derek’s overpowering effect on all family members, but I found nothing compelling in his story. I was more than ready to get off the bus!

    2. 14 yr old Zach and his grandfather are riding a greyhound bus from Portland, Maine to New Jersey during Christmas break during a blizzard to visit his older brother. Derek, the brother, is bipolar and has been made a ward if the state because the family can no longer afford his care and treatment and because Derek resists his diagnosis and medications to treat it. In essence, this snowy journey gives Zach time to reflect on all that has happened to his family, assisted by a serendipitous meeting [...]

    3. Riding Out The StormI thought the book was very good because it was very well described. I did not really care for the book because when Zach was telling a story it was very confusing because he made it seem like he was relieving the story. I liked Purple Head because she is always honest and was willing to help people if they needed it. Helping people is good because it shows that you care and are willing to help them. I would recommend this book for kids that are in 8th- 12th grade to both fem [...]

    4. Seven months have kept thirteen-year-old Derek from his sick brother Zach. Now that Zach is a ward of the state at seventeen and his parents have lost everything trying to help him, Derek and his grandfather board a Greyhound in the middle of a fierce snowstorm to see Zach for the first time since he was taken away. Along his journey we learn about Zach's illness and the devastating effects it had on his entire family. When Derek starts talking with a girl he has dubbed Purplehead, Derek thinks [...]

    5. Zack is taking the bus with his Gramps to go see his brother Derek, who has spent the last 7 months in a mental institution 5 states away. A chance meeting with a goth-girl a couple years older than Zack make the bus ride a little more interesting, as these two characters develop a friendship and share their troubles in a way they have never shared with anyone else. The story was believable and helps to shed some light on the emotions that teenagers go through when dealing with family issues inc [...]

    6. 8th, High School Zach, a middle school aged boy, is heading on a greyhound bus to visit his bipolar brother in a hospital in New Jersey. Deans was inspired to write this story after reading an article in the Portland Press Herald about families losing custody of their children with mental illnesses after their health insurance cuts them off. In this story Zach meets a wide array of characters on the bus trip and one girl in particular, that helps him come to terms with what he had been through, [...]

    7. Zach is taking a bus trip with his Grandfather to visit his older brother Derek. Derek is mentally ill and this has caused his family to lose their home, their savings, almost everything. On the bus, he meets a girl and the two strike up a friendship. Will Zach tell her what he can’t share with anyone; the truth about his brother? This is a well written story about the toll that mental illness takes on a family, and how our health care system doesn’t support this particular disease. Zach is [...]

    8. The entire book is a Greyhound bus ride, but there's plenty of stories to keep you interested! Zach is riding with his Grandpa to see his brother Derek, and, as you read, you find out more and more about Derek. Zach is only in 8th grade, but is fascinated by the sophomore girl sitting next to him on the bus. Zach calls her "Purplehead" and the two swap life stories. She's pierced and painted black, and he's a basketball star, yet they get along just fine. It's a sweet, gentle read.

    9. This was an interesting, quick read but doesn't really delve too deeply into anything so it was difficult to connect to the characters. Good for younger readers who like reading issue-centric books.

    10. Usually I like books where one of the main characters has a mental health issue, but this one didn't really grab me- maybe because it was told second hand through his brother "Purplehead" was a well-defined character and the bus setting was interesting.

    11. I think that this will work for the lower end. It takes place during one whole bus trip. The protagonist is in 8th grade and narrates from his perspective of his bipolar brother. He learns from his brothers mistakes, but is still a teenaged boy. A YES vote for me.

    12. Good book. Ironic thing was it is about being stuck on a bus (and then a bus station) due to a snow storm. Good thing I read it while stuck in my apartment for a week due to a snow storm. Funny.

    13. This wasn't what I thought it was going to be. It was really disappointing. I wasn't a fan of the writing style or the story. I thought it was boring and it just dragged.

    14. An excellent and touching story of a trip via Greyhound through a snowstorm, on the way to visit a mentally ill older brother.

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