GalleyCat caught up with children’s writer Sarah Collins Honenberger (pictured) to talk about her book, Catcher, Caught. The author explained how her book engaged with J.D. Salinger‘s The Catcher in the Rye. Here are the highlights from our interview.

Q: What role does The Catcher in the Rye play in Catcher, Caught?

A: Whether you love Holden or hate him, he engenders strong emotions. The self that’s revealed in his depressed unreliable state of reporting is a self that many of us recognize in some deep part of our younger selves, that place where we were teetering on the precipice between childhood and the adult world. Almost 16, Daniel has just read the book TCITR as required reading when he’s diagnosed with leukemia.

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