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This Is How I Find Her is out now from Albert Whitman.

This is How I Find Her is about 16-year-old Sophie, who has always lived her life in the shadow of her mother’s bipolar disorder: monitoring medication, making sure the rent is paid, rushing home after school instead of spending time with friends, and keeping secrets from everyone.

But when a suicide attempt lands Sophie’s mother in the hospital, Sophie no longer has to watch over her. She moves in with her aunt, uncle, and cousin—a family she’s been estranged from for the past five years. Rolling her suitcase across town to her family’s house is easy. What’s harder is figuring out how to rebuild her life.

Named a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of 2014

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Signed copies are available from The Astoria Bookshop.

Praise for This Is How I Find Her

“This is How I Find Her perfectly captures the dichotomy between the home we find ourselves in, the home we find for ourselves, and that lonely frightening road in between. A heart-wrenching and sincere debut.”

— Sarah Wylie, author of All These Lives

“This quiet novel provides honest insight about conflicting emotions felt by families struggling with bipolar disorder. Sophie’s inner journey from resignation to hopefulness is authentically portrayed and will provide great comfort to any teen contending with a parent’s affliction. Perceptive and sincere.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Artful and accomplished, Polsky’s first novel offers a heartfelt and vividly insightful examination of a family in crisis. I couldn’t put it down.”

— Michael Cart, critic and Booklist columnist

“Sophie’s voice is unflinchingly honest and convincing. Amy is the catalyst but the story is all Sophie’s. She is astute and courageous, daring to effect a satisfying and compassionate resolution.”

— School Library Journal