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Title Lisa Bright and Dark Author John Neufeld Disability Mental Illness 1st Date Published 1969 1st Publisher S G Phillips Inc 2nd Date Published 1999 2nd Publisher Puffin Books Lisa Bright and Dark is a story that chronicles the life of Lisa Shillings descent into mental illness Lisa is a sixteen-year-old high school student who is convinced that she is losing her mind Some days are light and she feels like everything is normal Other days are dark and she withdraws from the world and herself Her teachers ignore what is happening while her parents deny it Lisas three friends MN Elizabeth and Betsy are the only ones who are willing to get involved and walk with her where no adults are willing to go They are very determined to save Lisa and will stop at nothing to do so Although this is a tragic tale of a young girls downhill spiral it is also a very touching story of compassion and friendship Lisa Bright and Dark promotes empathy rather than pity Narrated by Lisas friend Betsy Goodman you really begin to understand just how much Lisas friends care about her The three girls all show sympathy and compassion for Lisa and as a reader you too begin to care about her and her situation Rather than just feel sorry for Lisa her trio of friends try to understand her and get her through her trying time as best as they can Although the girls cannot give Lisa all of the help she needs their determination to save her is touching and will likely make the reader wish she had those same friends I think that this book did portray Lisa with a mental disability in realistic terms They never really said exactly what her mental disability was but it was evident that Lisa was
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