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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316531207
  • ISBN: 0316531200
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York ; Little, Brown and Company, 2020.

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Summary, etc.:
While helping police officers Esther and Lon investigate a suspicious death at her group home, nineteen-year-old Sal Miyake, who is mentally challenged, gains insights into herself and makes new friends.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #1
    Sunnyside Plaza is a group home for adults with intellectual disabilities, and Sally, the narrator of radio journalist Simon's first book for children, is the youngest resident at 19. The atmosphere is warm and supportive, and Sally is mostly content. When one of the residents dies in his sleep, two detectives come to the home to investigate. Ensuing deaths and medical incidents increase suspicion of foul play, and Sally recruits her friends to help solve the mystery. The solution is almost banal; a distributor donating canned goods has been putting new labels on long-expired cans of food, the contents of which can interact dangerously with some medication. The odyssey Sally and the others undertake to the police station has a dreamlike quality as they make a number of mostly positive contacts along the way. While the topic may seem odd for a middle-grade novel, Simon makes it work. He depicts his characters with compassion, not condescension, and not only is this hopeful, happy story accessible to middle-graders, it should appeal to older readers as well. Grades 4-8. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Scott Simon has won every major award in broadcasting for his personal essays, war reporting, and commentary. He has reported from all fifty states, scores of foreign countries, and eight wars. He hosts Weekend Edition with Scott Simon Saturday mornings on National Public Radio (which the Washington Post has called "the most literate, witty, moving, and just plain interesting news show on any dial") and numerous public television and cable programs. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Subject: Interpersonal relations > Juvenile fiction.
People with mental disabilities > Juvenile fiction.
Group homes > Juvenile fiction.
Death > Juvenile fiction.
Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
People with mental disabilities > Fiction.
Group homes > Fiction.
Death > Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Special Needs.
Group homes.
Interpersonal relations.
People with mental disabilities.
Genre: Fiction.
Juvenile works.

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