Search Results: "Susan Vaught"


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FOOTER DAVIS PROBABLY IS CRAZY by Susan Vaught
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"A sensitive, suspenseful mystery that deftly navigates the uncertainty of mental illness. (Mystery. 10-12)"
"I was so far from normal, it wasn't even funny—except, of course, when it was," remarks Footer Davis, establishing the tone for an investigation into missing kids and parental mental illness. Read full book review >

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SUPER MAX AND THE MYSTERY OF THORNWOOD'S REVENGE by Susan Vaught
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Stubborn and clever without being superhuman, Max is a refreshing heroine who rises above a so-so mystery. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Vaught (Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry, 2016, etc.) examines the limits of expectations and electrical currents. Read full book review >

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EXPOSED by Susan Vaught
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Readers may well be frustrated by the uneven plot and the familiarity of the story. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A too-obvious cautionary tale about Internet predators. Read full book review >

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STORMWITCH by Susan Vaught
FANTASY
Released: Jan. 3, 2005

"Gritty details of the civil-rights movement and Dahomey (and world-wide) history of slavery form a powerful story that's archetypal, magical, and realistic all at once. (historical notes, list of sources) (Fantasy. YA)"
Haitian conjuring and American historical fiction boldly weave together weather, magic, religion, and ancestral history. Read full book review >

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MY BIG FAT MANIFESTO by Susan Vaught
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"This zesty page-turner will hook readers with romance and energy while addressing a woefully ignored subject. (Fiction. YA)"
Vaught boldly confronts anti-fat discrimination with a seductive mix of emotion and politics. Read full book review >

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TRIGGER by Susan Vaught
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A worthwhile read. (Fiction. YA)"
After a botched suicide attempt leaves him with permanent neurological damage, Jersey Hatch attempts to piece his life back together again. Read full book review >

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THINGS TOO HUGE TO FIX BY SAYING SORRY by Susan Vaught
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A provocative, sensitive, and oh-so-timely read. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
The rift between black scholar Ruth Beans and renowned white novelist Avadelle Richardson is ancient history in Oxford, Mississippi, but its cause is unknown until Ruth—now frail, living with her son, his white wife, and their child, Dani—asks her granddaughter to retrieve an envelope and key. Read full book review >

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INSANITY by Susan Vaught
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Readers content to do without the plotted throughline of a novel will find plenty of effective horror set pieces here. (Horror. 14 & up)"
A psychiatric hospital in Never, Ky., forms the locus for all sorts of occult and paranormal activities. Read full book review >

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FREAKS LIKE US by Susan Vaught
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"An illuminating, recommended read. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Jason is "Freak" to his peers and even his ADHD friend Drip, but not to Sunshine, who—though selectively mute—shares her thoughts and feelings with him. Now she's vanished, and Jason, whose schizophrenia has shaped his life, is a suspect in her disappearance. Read full book review >

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GOING UNDERGROUND by Susan Vaught
FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A valuable look at the downside of prosecutorial discretion and its impact on teens, but Del's privileged background and saintly character won't reflect many readers' experiences. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Del, 17, high-school senior, convicted felon and registered sex offender for three years, keeps his head down at school, digs graves part-time and stays numb with the help of his iPod playlists. Read full book review >

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SEMPRE SUSAN by Sigrid Nunez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 2011

"Graceful, respectful and achingly honest."
Novelist Nunez (Salvation City, 2010, etc.) recalls her years with her longtime friend Susan Sontag (1933-2004). Read full book review >

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STALKING SUSAN by Julie Kramer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 2008

"Kramer's past as a TV producer lends authority to an entertaining story."
Two cold cases spark a hot story for flailing TV reporter Riley Spartz in this lively and fast-paced debut. Read full book review >