Crazy Lady

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Vernon and his friends often ridicule alcoholic Maxine and her mentally disabled son Ronald. When the social service tries to put Ronald into a special home, Vernon finds himself fighting to help keep Maxine and her son together.

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Vernon and his friends often ridicule alcoholic Maxine and her mentally disabled son Ronald. When the social service tries to put Ronald into a special home, Vernon finds himself fighting to help keep Maxine and her son together.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
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.
Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Crazy Lady by Jane Conly (HarperCollins, 1993) is a gem of a story about outsiders, loss, friendship and growth. It deserves the thoughtful and perceptive performance that Ed Begley, Jr. gives as he narrates the story of Vernon, Maxine, Ronald and their neighborhood. Begley's voice has just the right amount of wonder, insecurity, and pathos as he shares Vernon's observations, self-accusations, and occasional outrage. He changes his voice only slightly to portray the weary wisdom of Vernon's father, and the almost hysterical anxiety of Maxine when she is on a "binge," but he clearly differentiates between characters and enhances Conly's characterizations. The only jarring note is the music that occasionally appears to emphasize a mood, be it a carnival or an anticipated conflict. Begley's reading is so effective that the music appears more as a distraction than an enhancement. Readers who loved the story will be moved by this version and feel the pain of the characters perhaps even more intensely than before. Those who missed the book should be directed to this audiobook.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Washington, DC Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Leslie Jane Conly's Newbery Honor winner is a heart-warming tale of how one boy's view of the world is changed. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780747142
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Series: Trophy Newbery
  • Pages: 180
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    This book is nothing special

    I found this book very boring. I like to read alot of good books and this is not one of them. I do not recomend this for kids under 12. They will too find it very boring. Some parts of the book were okay, but for the most part, the book is not fantastic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2006

    THIS BOOK WAS GREAT!

    The book, Crazy Lady, was sensational. I loved how while I was reading the book, i could actually fell what the characters were going through. I read this as a group book, and everyone in my 6th grade class thought this book was awesome. If you like books that teach life lessons, then you should read Crazy Lady.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2003

    IT'S AN AWESOME BOOK!!

    ok i dont really like to read but my grade had to do a book talk that had to do w/ prejuduce. im so glad i got this book!its sooo exciting!and u know what...i cried!! (i've never got that into a book)!if your a teenager i would defenetly get this book!and no im not the id of person who reads i never do! and i really loved this book!so teens get it iswear you wont regret it!and duh i know u wont im one myself!thanks a bunch!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2002

    Very poor choose for word

    The language in this book is not for childern and should not be in our schools as a part of there AR programs. One of my girls had this book for an AR book. She is in the 4th grade. She brought the book to me and said Mom I can't read my AR book it has words I cant say in it. After taking a close look I took the book to the school an had it removed form the libray. I can not understand why someone that calls them-self an author of childerns books would use such language in a book for kids.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2009

    Awesome

    I thought that this book was a very good book. I'm surprised it hasn't been considered to be a movie yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2009

    WONDERFUL WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!

    this book is wonderful i like it so much i have to read it for book clubs and it is fabulous it has such a great lesson and the writing is marvelous i havent finished but im going to. it is better than anything i have ever read the only problem is the cussing but other than that is is marvelous for children 5th grade and up i LUV THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    -_- ...............

    Well I read the book in class and i did not find this book that interesting. 1. The ending was very sad. 2. TOO MANY SWEARS!. 3. I just did not like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2002

    Must see!

    This fantastic book will have you at the edge of your seat! It's adventures,exciting, funny,and a heart breaker.I truly recommend it.So go to your local libary and read it.You won't be sorry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2001

    why did you write this?

    I didn't like what it said about north carolina.it affended me because he called us a HICK state.he victor also said the only thing down here is dust and tobacco.if the author had ever been down here she would know that isn't true.And it isn't like Maryland is so much better than we are.And at the end of the book I didn't understand why he ran after the car.what could he have done if he caught up with them.he couldn't run next to them the whole trip.And i didn't like the way the book ended in a cliff hanger.i that that was just a really bad ending.So in conclusion I give this book 2 stars.DISAPOINTING!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2000

    Ronald's crazy mom

    I read the book called 'Crazy Lady.' The setting of the story is called Tenley Heights. The main characters are Maxine, Ronald, and Vernon. This story is about these kids, who think this lady is really crazy, and weird, but in real like she turns out to be really nice! She also has a very ugly kid. The ugly little kid (ronald,) can be really nice, and sweet when he wants to be! The one girl who actually tries to babysit, ronald, and finds out he is a very sensitive kid. That is what I found out about him. I also learned that the lady wasn't really that weird. Also the girl doesn't want anybody to know that she is babysitting Ronald, or she would be embarresed. That's what I found out about this book. By: Rikkijill Crain

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2000

    This book is our heart

    This is a great book, and it is also a very sad book, espesialy to moms, who really love their children. In this book, a mom, Mexine loved her son, Ronald so much, but she is a trunk. Vernon tried to help Mexine to stop drinking, but then, terrible things happened...

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