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NOT AS CRAZY AS I SEEM
New York : Houghton Mifflin,
IL 5-8, RL 6.3
Brown has “tendencies.” Devon sorts things into groups of four, organizes
his closet by color, and avoids touching door handles. Because of
his rituals and behaviors, Devon’s parents move to a new town and enroll
him in a new school in the middle of his sophomore year so he can get a
fresh start. Devon meets a befriends a girl named Tanya who doesn't
like to eat in the cafeteria either, and he reluctantly hangs out with
a boy named Ben from his art class who likes to cause trouble. Every
week Devon has to see Dr. Wasserman and answer pointless questions about
his childhood and about his compulsions. At least his old therapist
let him play games to pass the time. One day after school Devon decides
to go back to the biology classroom and straighten the poster and chairs
that are really bothering him. While at school, Devon witnesses someone
“tag” the school and decides not to tell anyone. Soon afterwards
the police have a witness who saw Devon go into the school right before
the tagging. When Devon won't tell the headmaster who tagged the
school, even his mom and dad think he did, and they accept the recommendation
that Devon be expelled from school. Can Devon find a way to tell
who really did? (Shawn Crosby, email@example.com,
Des Moines Library, King County Library System)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder -- Fiction.
Death -- Fiction.
Grandfathers -- Fiction.
Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Vandalism -- Fiction.
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