Not as Crazy as I Seem by George Harrar

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Devon Brown won’t eat in the school caf (a germ swamp). He covers his hands before opening doors, eats things in groups of four (his lucky number), and hangs up his shirts (with all their buttons buttoned) by color. Some kids say Devon’s crazy, but he knows better—these are the tricks that keep bad things from happening, and he can’t imagine giving them up. Devon calls it “controlling things.” His doctor calls it obsessive-compulsive disorder. When Devon starts at a new school, his compulsions start to get him in trouble, and before long he realizes that his only choice is to confront his behaviors and the events that trigger them. In a compelling story of growing up different, George Harrar introduces us to a boy who just might change the way we think about “crazy.”

About George Harrar

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George Harrar is the author of two novels for adults, including the literary mystery The Spinning Man. Among his dozen published short stories, "The 5:22" won the prestigious Carson McCullers Prize and was selected for The Best American Short Stories 1999. Harrar lives west of Boston with his wife, Linda, a documentary filmmaker. Their son, Tony, was the inspiration for Harrar's award-winning novel for middle-grade readers titled Parents Wanted, published by Milkweed Editions.

Author Residence: Massachusetts
Published October 25, 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 244 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hoping to give Devon a fresh start (again), his concerned parents move, hire a new therapist, and enroll Devon in private school.

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Devon accompanies a troubled classmate, Ben, to school after hours: while Ben spray-paints the word "Nazi" everywhere, Devon can't resist the opportunity to straighten that biology poster.

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