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Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
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Contributor(s): Crutcher, Chris

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ISBN: 0062687743     ISBN-13: 9780062687746
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: January 2018

Annotation: Outcasts Erik Calhoune and Sarah Byrnes, the victim of a childhood tragedy, have a long friendship, but when Sarah is placed in a mental hospital and refuses to talk, Eric searches into her past to discover a disturbing secret.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Child abuse; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2018080422
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.25" W x 0.75" (0.56 lbs) 340 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q10887
Reading Level: 7.2   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 13.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1993 March #5)
Such superlatives as ``riveting'' and ``powerful'' can only hint at the craftsmanship on display in this transcendent story of love, loyalty and courage. While probing such issues as friendship, free speech and moral values, Crutcher ( Chinese Handcuffs ; Stotan! ) tells a tale whose mordant humor, poignancy and suspense pack a breathtaking wallop. A social outcast in junior high due to his excessive weight, narrator Eric Calhoune found a kindred spirit in Sarah Byrnes, whose face and hands were hideously disfigured in a childhood accident. Now a senior and considerably slimmed down through competitive swimming (though still aptly called ``Moby''), Eric remains fiercely devoted to his friend, whose caustic tongue is her only protection from life's inequities. When Sarah abruptly stops talking and is committed to a mental ward, Eric is compelled to take action to help her, but quickly finds that he is in over his head. He risks their friendship by breaking his vow of secrecy and enlisting others' aid--help that comes from such unlikely quarters as a former bully, Eric's swim coach and, most surprisingly, his mother's seemingly wimpy boyfriend. A subplot centering on a self-righteous teammate drives home the point that nothing is as it appears on the surface, and leads to Eric being caught between his menacing vice-principal and the even more malevolent Mr. Byrnes--with spine-tingling results. Superb plotting, extraordinary characters and crackling narrative make this novel one to be devoured in a single unforgettable sitting. Ages 12-up. (Apr.) Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1998 March)
An obese boy and a disfigured girl suffer the emotional scars of years of mockery at the hands of their peers. They share a hard-boiled view of the world until events in their senior year hurl them in very different directions. A story about a friendship with staying power, written with pathos and pointed humor. (Mar. 1993) Copyright 1998 School Library Journal
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