Crazy Lady
Crazy Lady! (Trophy Newbery)
Crazy Lady
Jane Leslie Conly
Increasingly alienated from his widowed father, Vernon joins his friends in ridiculing the neighborhood outcasts'Maxine, an alcoholic prone to outrageous behavior, and Ronald, her retarded son. But when a social service agency tries to put Ronald into a special home, Vernon fights against the move.1994 Newbery Honor BookNotable Children's Books of 1994 (ALA)1994 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)1994 Young Adult Editors' Choices (BL)1994 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)Young Adult Choices for 1995 (IRA)

Book Details

Genre: 

  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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A young boy named Vernon needs a lot of help if he wants to pass this school year. Vernon's friends make fun of and pull pranks on the single parent next door and her retarded son Ronald. They also call her crazy lady. The crazy lady, whose name is Maxine, introduces Vernon to a tutor who helps him raise his grades. The tutor tells him to help Maxine with some errands. While doing the errands Vernon gets close with Ronald and starts to take a liking to him. Ronald's teacher tells Ronald, Maxine, and Vernon that Ronald should do the Special Olympics.

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