Ideas & Inspiration for Challenger Deep by Neal Schusterman

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Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.

Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.

Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence, to document the journey with images.

Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.

Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.

Caden Bosch is torn.

A captivating and powerful novel that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by one of today's most admired writers for teens. 

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Awards & Honors
National Book Award Winner
National Book Award Finalist
A Top 10 book on YALSA’s 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults list
Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book
Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year
Kirkus Best Book of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
New York Public Library Best Book of the Year for Teens
Chicago Public Library Best Teen Book of the Year
ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee
Bookpage Best Teen Book of the Year
2017 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee

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Through the perspective of the main character, this tale features nautical influences like pirates, ships, parrots, maps, and drawings.