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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (441 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Leslie Conly Narrator: Ed Begley, Ed Begley Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750492
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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 Book
Notable 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) Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 1994 Newbery Honor Book
  • A 1994 ALA Notable Book
  • A 1994 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A 1994 Booklist Editors’ Choice: Young Adult
  • A New York Public Library Book for Teens
  • Winner of Newbery Honor Books, 1994

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helen | 2/1/2014

    " It's been a while since I've read this book. Seems like I didnt like it when I read it. Can't remember what the book was about though. Guess it didn't make an impression on me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Thomas, Greenville | 1/18/2014

    " This book shows you how the power of friendship can change the lives of others. The main character, Vernon, learns how to deal with his own struggles and loss of his mom through helping a special needs boy and his "crazy" mom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 1/14/2014

    " It was a real good lesson. If you want to see how the lady got her name "Crazy Lady". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xsmartin | 12/13/2013

    " Loved it but it broke my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lia | 12/3/2013

    " This is a very good book that didn't do what I was expecting. The main character is from the lower class of life, and the whole book takes place with people who have to struggle in many ways to keep their lives going. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sammy | 11/30/2013

    " I thought that this was a good book that some children may be able to identify with. An boy ignored by his busy family and younger siblings, befriends the so-called crazy lady down the street. A touching story that is sure to be liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 9/19/2013

    " So sad & it teaches you how to be nice to people who are disabled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 9/5/2013

    " What a great book for kids and adolescents, especially with the recent surge in bullying. Fabulous lesson woven into a believable story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 carmie | 8/21/2013

    " Beautiful, sad, heartwarming. Why on earth was it ever challenged? I would hope my son would grow up to be as kindhearted as Vernon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge | 6/27/2013

    " This book is about a boy that lived on the same street as a creepy, crazy lady that creeps everyone on the block. N. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms Anderson | 8/4/2012

    " Better than I expected, but not the best I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 3/16/2012

    " Really good book not what i expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie W | 12/4/2011

    " I liked this book - how Vernon finds some unexpected friends and discovers a lot about himself in the process. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sallie | 11/14/2011

    " I loved this book. It's all about not judging and being kind. I would recommend it for kids around the age of ten. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MDNewbie | 9/7/2011

    " This book was enjoyable but I preferred Murder Afloat which is her latest book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MDNewbie | 5/20/2011

    " This book was enjoyable but I preferred Murder Afloat which is her latest book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sammy | 4/25/2011

    " I thought that this was a good book that some children may be able to identify with. An boy ignored by his busy family and younger siblings, befriends the so-called crazy lady down the street. A touching story that is sure to be liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 12/22/2010

    " What a great book for kids and adolescents, especially with the recent surge in bullying. Fabulous lesson woven into a believable story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 6/4/2010

    " So sad & it teaches you how to be nice to people who are disabled. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 6/1/2010

    " Really good book not what i expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 1/23/2010

    " don't read this to feel good about people w/special needs or their parents or the people that help them. this isn't a feel good book. but it sure reads like real life.
    the honesty of it probably got it the Honor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ani | 1/5/2010

    " she is a CRAZY LADY!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 6/5/2008

    " I liked this book - how Vernon finds some unexpected friends and discovers a lot about himself in the process. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 carmie | 5/8/2008

    " Beautiful, sad, heartwarming. Why on earth was it ever challenged? I would hope my son would grow up to be as kindhearted as Vernon. "

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About the Author

Jane Leslie Conly’s first novel, Rasco and the Rats of NIMH, an ALA Booklist Children’s Editors Choice, and its sequel, R-T, Margaret and the Rats of NIMH, were included on a multitude of state library master lists. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed Trout Summer (an ALA Notable Children’s Book and Best Book for Young Adults) and the Newbery Honor Book Crazy Lady! She lives in Baltimore.

About the Narrators

Ed Begley, Sr. was a prolific radio actor and from 1944-1948 he played the title role in the radio version of Charlie Chan. In 1947, Begley created the role of benighted war profiteer Joe Keller in Arthur Miller's All My Sons. He was a familiar figure in TV's "golden age" of the 1950s, and appeared 789 times as the William Jennings Bryan counterpart in the Broadway drama Inherit the Wind.

Ed Begley, Sr. was a prolific radio actor and from 1944-1948 he played the title role in the radio version of Charlie Chan. In 1947, Begley created the role of benighted war profiteer Joe Keller in Arthur Miller's All My Sons. He was a familiar figure in TV's "golden age" of the 1950s, and appeared 789 times as the William Jennings Bryan counterpart in the Broadway drama Inherit the Wind.