Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught

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When Jason Milwaukee's best friend Sunshine vanishes, Jason knows that something is terribly wrong, but solving her disappearance will require pushing through all the voices in his head and then getting the world to listen to him. His schizophrenia is stopping him from remembering the events leading up to her disappearance, and often he discounts his own memories, and his own impressions. But his deep knowledge that he would never hurt his friend, plus the faith of his parents and a few others in the town bring him to the point of solving the mystery. In the end, it's Sunshine's own love for Jason (Freak) that persuades him of his own strength and goodness.

By turns brilliantly witty and searingly honest, Susan Vaught's newest novel is a laugh-out-loud, tear-jerking, coming-of-age story.

About Susan Vaught

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Susan Vaught is the author of the highly acclaimed novels Trigger, My Big Fat Manifesto, Going Underground, as well as Oathbreaker, which she coauthored with her son, JB Redmond. She is also a practicing psychologist and lives with her family and many rescued animals in Kentucky.
Published September 4, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 241 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(Jason, whose irony is well-honed, calls them “alphabets.”) Desperate to find Sunshine, Jason and Drip are wary of sharing all they know with adults who see them as extensions of their stigma.

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They all have their problems and band together to face the prejudice everyone has toward those who ride the “short bus.” Drip has ADD, Sunshine is an extremely shy selective mute, and Freak has schizophrenia.

Feb 19 2013 | Read Full Review of Freaks Like Us

The Young Folks

Every day is a struggle against their alphabet for Freak and his friends but when Sunshine vanishes one day after school and the entire town begins searching for her, Freak finds himself fighting a particularly difficult battle.

Jun 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Freaks Like Us

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