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Suzanne Crowley

Författare till The Stolen One

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Inkluderar namnen: Suzanne Crowley, Suzanne Crowley

Verk av Suzanne Crowley

The Stolen One (2009) 222 exemplar
Finding Esme (2018) 36 exemplar
Paisley (1990) 1 exemplar


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Vedertaget namn
Crowley, Suzanne
Andra namn
Crowley, Suzanne Carlisle
Dallas, Texas, USA
University of Texas (BA|Journalism)
SCBWI, Writer's League of Texas, RWA
Rosemary Stimola
Kort biografi
Suzanne Crowley is a well-known miniature artist whose work has been featured on the covers of American and international magazines. Her debut novel, The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous received three starred reviews, was an IRA Notable Children's Book, and was selected as the Book Sense #3 Top Children's Pick for Fall of 2007. Her second book, The Stolen One, is an Indie Next List Pick for Fall of 2009, and a Best Books for Young Adults nominee. Suzanne was born in a small town in west Texas and currently lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family.



As a teacher, this book gave me more insight into some of my students with autism. While autism is a spectrum, and not all children are like Merilee, it still helped me get inside their heads for a little while and see the world from their eyes. It is very well-written. I highly recommend it.
imabookwyrm | 6 andra recensioner | Jan 10, 2022 |
Finding Esme is a quiet, lovely coming-of-age story. It's also a story about family, friendship, and loss. The latter is the most interesting to me because both Esme and her grandmother Bee have the gift of finding things that have been lost, but some the things Esme needs the most are the things she can't find or recover - her Paps, answers she seeks, and a connection with her parents, June Rain and Harlan.

While Finding Esme is a tale intended for an MG audience, I think it has an ageless, universal appeal because of its depth and emotion. Crowley has crafted interesting, quirky, complex characters that pull you into the story.

Esme is spunky, brave, and loyal. Her family situation is complicated: raised by her grandparents due to a physically absent father and an emotionally absent (but present) mother, they are struggling financially after the passing of her grandfather, Paps. Crowley brought so much emotion to Esme's story - her feelings of loss and longing particularly struck me, as did her need for understanding (and mine) of why June Rain was so disconnected as a parent.

This is also a story layered with relationships: between Esme and Bee, the grandmother with whom she shares the "gift" of finding things (is it a gift, or a curse?); between Esme and her best friend Finch, whose home life is even harder than hers, and with whom the bonds of friendship are tested; between Esme and June Rain, her mother who is disconnected from Esme as a parent, and often disconnected from the world in general. Add in the strained and awkward relationships between various other characters: Bee and Sweetmaw, Bee and Miss Vera, where history and grudges have long lingered.

The book offered a few twists before the mystery was resolved. This isn't a long story, and I found myself slowing down when I realized the end was quickly approaching. There were a few questions left unanswered at the end of the story that I wish had been addressed. I wasn't ready to let go of Esme - she had wound her way into my heart.
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jenncaffeinated | 1 annan recension | Jul 4, 2021 |
Children's fiction; realistic fiction.
"Merilee leads a Very Ordered Existence. V.O.E., for short. Her schedule (which must not be altered) includes, among other entries:
* School (horrendous)
* Litter patrol (30 minutes daily)
* Lunch (PB&J and a pickle)
* Bottle return (Friday only, at the Piggly Wiggly)
* Dame Fiona's meditation show (Saturday only, 6:00 am)
"The V.O.E. is all about precision."

A girl with Asperger's syndrome (Merilee) has her life in order until three strangers blow into town: an 8-year-old boy (Biswick) with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, his alcoholic poet father, and a woman with a secret (Veraleen). Biswick quickly grows attached to Merilee, throwing her off of her carefully maintained schedule (causing her great distress). Wonderful characters and character development; it was very easy to get wrapped up in the small-town drama of their lives.… (mer)
reader1009 | 6 andra recensioner | Jul 3, 2021 |
What a treat of a book! The small town of Jumbo, Texas (oxymoron) is home to this young lady with Asperger's syndrome. She is a delightfully quirky character just trying to understand the world around her.
RobertaLea | 6 andra recensioner | Jun 12, 2021 |


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