>Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt


Everyone needs a focal point, an object on which to concentrate during stressful times.  Payton Gritas decides the head in front of her in science class, Sean Griswold’s will be her focal point.  Payton’s father has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but the diagnosis has been kept secret from Payton.  She resents the secrecy.  Her older brothers have known all along, and she’s a bit repulsed by their relaxed attitude toward it all.  So Payton decides to stop talking with her parents.  Her school councilor, someone she does not respect very much, becomes involved and urges Payton to select and study a focal point.  She does, but she picks the back of Sean Griswold’s head.  And then she develops a crush. 

Read Sean Griswold’s Head to see if Payton’s father begins a course of therapy to manage his MS and to see whether Sean’s head is all Payton decides to study. 


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