Harry Sue by Sue Stauffacher

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Harry Sue Clotkin is tough. Her mom's in the slammer and she wants to get there too, as fast as possible, so they can be together. But it's not so easy to become a juvenile delinquent when you've got a tender heart.

Harry Sue's got her hands full caring for the crumb-snatchers who take up her afternoons at the day care center, and spending time with her best friend Homer, a quadriplegic who sees life from a skylight in the roof of his tree house. When Harry Sue finds an unlikely confidante in her new art teacher, her ambitions toward a life of crime are sidelined as she comes to a deeper understanding about her past--and future.

Sue Stauffacher has once again crafted a fast-paced middle-grade novel filled with quirky but lovable characters, a narrator impossible to ignore, a completely original plot, and a whole lot of redemption.

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About Sue Stauffacher

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Sue Stauffacher is a professional journalist and has been writing a children's book review column for ten years. This is her first novel for Knopf.From the Hardcover edition.
Published February 4, 2009 by Yearling. 304 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Granny runs a day care for "crumb snatchers," as Harry Sue calls them, a place that's about as loving and reputable as the group home Luther oversees for his mother in Christopher Paul Curtis's Bucking the Sarge .

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Common Sense Media

Aauthor Sue Stauffacher, who has worked with incarcerated mothers, lifts this gritty story out of the mire with wit, style, and emotion.Harry Sue is a distinct character: She may want to be bad -- and speak in a concvict lingo -- but her heart still shines through.

Jul 31 2005 | Read Full Review of Harry Sue


With Harry Sue Clotkin, however, there is more --- much more --- than meets the eye.

Apr 10 2007 | Read Full Review of Harry Sue

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