Crazy lady!

Author Conly, Jane Leslie.
Language English
Publisher
New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, 1999




Annotation:

As he tries to come to terms with his mother's death, Vernon finds solace in his growing relationship with the neighborhood outcasts, an alcoholic and her retarded son.



Subjects :

  • Juvenile fiction
  • Fiction
  • Death
  • People with mental disabilities
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Mentally handicapped
  • Alcoholics
  • Prejudices

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 California Department of Education
  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 H.W. Wilson
  • Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss , 1997 Indiana Library Federation
  • Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 1997 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Best Books for Young Adults, 1994 American Library Association-YALSA
  • Booklist Book Review Stars, May 15, 1993 American Library Association
  • Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 1993 American Library Association
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson
  • Notable Children's Books, 1994 Association for Library Service to Children
  • School Library Journal: Best Books for Young Adults, 1993 Cahners
  • Young Adults' Choices, 1995 International Reading Association

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • John Newbery Medal, 1994 Honor Book United States

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • California Young Reader Medal, 1996; Nominee California
  • Great Stone Face Award, 1994-1995; Nominee New Hampshire
  • Great Stone Face Award, 1995-1996; Nominee New Hampshire
  • Iowa Children's Choice Award, 1996-1997; Nominee Iowa
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 1995; Nominee Kentucky
  • Lone Star Reading List, 1995-1996; Texas
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, 1996; Nominee Illinois
  • Virginia State Young Readers' Award, 1997; Nominee Virginia
  • Voice of Youth Award, 2001-2002; Nominee Illinois
  • Young Adult Reading Program, 1996; South Dakota
  • Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, 1996; Nominee North Dakota

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Reading Measurement Programs:


9780064405713, 0064405710
HarperCollins $13.89 and $3.95. () 1993.

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 570
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 5
Accelerated Reader Points 10


0060213574, 9780060213572, 0060213604
Harper/Collins (New York:) 1993.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 3.8
Accelerated Reader Points 5

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 5
Accelerated Reader Points 10

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Reviews :

Mary Sue Preissner (Children's Literature)
Once again, an adolescent is having trying times. Vernon is having difficulties in school. He doesn't want to cause his dad any grief, but he wants to fit in with the rest of the guys. This is a tall order for a preteen. He strikes a balance in hanging with the guys, keeping his grades up, and doing selfless acts of kindness. Vernon's internal emotions, needs and desires combine with the story of a community, long ignored, coming together. There are some powerful issues in this book --alcohol abuse, mental retardation, foster homes, community service--all things that today's adolescents need to be aware of. Newbery Honor Book. 1993, HarperCollins, $13.89 and $3.95. Ages 10 up.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins $13.89 and $3.95., PUBLISHED: 1993)

Jacqueline C. Rose (KLIATT Review, September 1995 (Vol. 29, No. 5))
Vern lives in a rundown neighborhood with his father and four siblings. His mother died three years previously. Vern has difficulty in school and is in danger of being left back in the seventh grade for the second time. He becomes friends with Maxine, an alcoholic woman, and her special needs child Ronald. Maxine helps Vern get tutoring from the elderly Miss Annie, who, in turn, asks Vern to help Maxine with chores. Vern raises money to help Ronald enter the Special Olympics and Ronald speaks for the first time under Vern's care. Vern is devastated when Maxine surrenders custody of Ronald to relatives who can better care for him. This is a moving story about a grieving boy with lots of love to share. All the characters, even the peripheral ones, have uniqueness and depth. The dilapidated neighborhood is vividly portrayed and is filled with people who help one another despite their sometimes gruff exteriors. Vern transcends his pain through hard work, caring for others, and in the end, learning to accept love from his father. Another lesson skillfully conveyed is that people are more than just their broken exteriors, more than just their current problems. This Newbery Honor Book may be painful to read but it will uplift in the end. Category: Fiction. KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1993, Harper Trophy, 180p. 19cm. 92-18348., $3.95. Ages 12 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins $13.89 and $3.95., PUBLISHED: 1993)

Hazel Rochman (Booklist, May 15, 1993 (Vol. 89, No. 18))
Growing out of a tangle of love and laughter and grief, this story transcends formula. Right up until the very last line, the drama is in the characters, their sadness and their surprise. The setting is grittily authentic: a poor city neighborhood of brick rowhouses on the edge of a slum. The story's told in the unaffected voice of Vernon Dibbs, a big, clunky kid who's failing seventh grade. He befriends Maxine Flooter--the neighborhood "crazy lady," who walks down the street when she's drunk, hollering and cursing--and he helps her care for her tall, skinny, severely disabled teenage son, Ronald. It's Maxine's love for her son that moves Vernon most, since he's grieving for his mother, who died three years earlier from a stroke at her factory sewing machine, the only person who had helped him believe he was special. His father tries, but he can barely manage to keep the home going for Vernon and his brothers and sisters. All the characters (except for an idealized, all-wise teacher) are drawn with compassionate realism and restraint; they are flawed and struggling, both comic and weary. There are heartbreaking scenes: when Vernon visits Maxine in jail; when drunk Maxine publicly humiliates Vernon, shouting out that he's dumb; when Vernon takes Ronald shopping for sneakers; when Ronald says his first word ever; when Vernon and his father finally share their grief. Vernon can't bear to see Maxine's failing struggle to keep a home together for Ronald. In the parting scene, when Vernon has to let Ronald go, the physical wrenching is a metaphor for all that's lost. Category: Middle Readers. 1993, HarperCollins/Laura Geringer, $13 and $12.89. Gr. 5-8. Starred Review.
(PUBLISHER: Harper/Collins (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Mary Sue Preissner (Children's Literature)
Once again, an adolescent is having trying times. Vernon is having difficulties in school. He doesn't want to cause his dad any grief, but he wants to fit in with the rest of the guys. This is a tall order for a preteen. He strikes a balance in hanging with the guys, keeping his grades up, and doing selfless acts of kindness. Vernon's internal emotions, needs and desires combine with the story of a community, long ignored, coming together. There are some powerful issues in this book --alcohol abuse, mental retardation, foster homes, community service--all things that today's adolescents need to be aware of. Newbery Honor Book. 1993, HarperCollins, $13.89 and $3.95. Ages 10 up.
(PUBLISHER: Harper/Collins (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1993)
Vernon Dibbs is finding junior high tough. The grades that come so easily to others elude him, despite earnest struggles and extra hours of study; he feels he lost the one person who considered him in any way special when his mother suddenly passed away two years ago. Then acquaintance with alcoholic Maxine and her retarded son Ronald leads to some tutoring work, and soon he is also involved in a money-making scheme to send Ronald to the Special Olympics; the solutions to Vernon's problems seem to be within his grasp, and his confidence soars. If the lesson that kindness begets kindness needs to be repeated, this book is all heart; its bittersweet best moment comes when Maxine, aware of her limitations, parts with Ronald so that he can receive better care. A quiet, winning story of a boy and his community making small gains through large efforts. 1993, HarperCollins, $13.00; PLB $12.89. © 1993 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Harper/Collins (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Roger Sutton (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, July/August 1993 (Vol. 46, No. 11))
The "Crazy Lady" of the title is narrator Vernon's raucous alcoholic neighbor Maxine, who curses the taunting neighborhood kids as she walks down the street with her retarded son Ronald. Prompted-pushed-by another neighbor, Miss Annie, who's been tutoring him in reading and grammar, Vernon takes an interest in Maxine and Ronald, cleaning their yard and watching out for Ronald so Maxine can go get food stamps. It becomes an unlikely but entirely convincing friendship. Drunk, Maxine is venomous and desperate; sober, she's a pretty good mother and not a bad friend: it was she who sent Vernon to Miss Annie in the first place. In its tone and atmosphere, the book is somewhat reminiscent of Spinelli's Maniac Magee, set in a rotting urban landscape where respect, loyalty, and family bonds nevertheless manage to thrive. While a heartwarmer, the story is never sentimental and comes by its emotional effects honestly. Maxine does not reform; in fact, her bravest act comes at the end when she sends Ronald to live with some relatives in the country. Vernon's narration, unfolded in retrospect two years after Ronald has gone, is fast and blunt, and the conversations are lively and true. He'll make kids care about Ronald and Maxine almost as much as they'll care about him. R--Recommended. (c) Copyright 1993, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1993, Geringer/HarperCollins, 180p, $12.89 and $13.00. Grades 5-8.
(PUBLISHER: Harper/Collins (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, 1999

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
2 sound cassettes (210 min.):
([Fic])
0553526146
9780553526141
"An unabridged production."
HarperCollins $13.89 and $3.95., 1993

Media Type:

0064405710
9780064405713
HarperTrophy, 1993

Media Type: Language Material
p.
([Fic])
0844182885
9780844182889
New York: Harper/Collins, 1993

Media Type: Language Material
180 p. ;
PZ7.C761846 ([Fic])
0060213574
0060213604
9780060213572
9780060213602
"A Laura Geringer book."

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