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Harry Sue by Sue Stauffacher
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Jun 20, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: kidlit, middlegrade, fairytales
Read in December, 2007

Harry Sue is the daughter of two felons (a con and a conette), and she’s doing her own time while she waits to get herself thrown in jail and reunited with her mother. But meanwhile, she has a whole mess of crumb snatchers (children) to rescue from evil Granny Clotkin’s abusive day care, and her best friend, the quadriplegic Homer Price, won’t come out of his treehouse. And Baba is the only teacher to believe in backstory more than detention, and Anna is a crazy J-Cat who may just know what’s she’s talking about.

It’s not easy being a conette with a life sentence, but with the help of her friends, Harry Sue will learn that you can survive with a heart of corrugated iron, but to really Live requires opening yourself up, even if it feels like taking a pounding to the heart.

This is a fantastic, gorgeous, brilliant and smart book. I’m not usually a big fan of books that require you to follow the lingo—I usually find it tired and annoying—but one readthrough of Harry Sue’s Conglish dictionary and I had no problem knowing what she was talking about. Her story is painful and wonderful at the same time. Harry Sue feels so strongly about things, even when she doesn’t want to. And her relationship with her quadriplegic best friend Homer Price is one of the greatest best-friend relationships in middle grade fiction history.

And that’s not even getting into the imagery from The Wizard of Oz that the book is peppered with.

This book is really, really smart, and it has a lot of heart. I want to read it again, and again, and again.

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Alexis I really wanted to read this when I was working in the store. Not to mention it had an amazing paperback cover. Maybe someday...

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