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Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy
by Susan Vaught and Jennifer Black Reinhardt


Overview - Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery.
Footer Davis is on the case when two kids go missing after a fire in this humorously honest novel that is full of Southern style.
Bless your heart is a saying in the South that sounds nice but really isn t.
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Overview
Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery.
Footer Davis is on the case when two kids go missing after a fire in this humorously honest novel that is full of Southern style.
Bless your heart is a saying in the South that sounds nice but really isn t. It means, You re beyond help. That s what folks say about fifth grader Footer Davis s mom, who ain t right because of her bipolar disorder. She just shot a snake in Footer s yard with an elephant gun, and now she s been shipped off to a mental hospital, and Footer is missing her fiercely yet again.
Bless their hearts is also what folks say about Cissy and Doc Abrams, two kids who went missing after a house fire. Footer wants to be a journalist and her friend Peavine wants to be a detective, so the two decide to help with the mystery of the missing kids. But when visiting the crime scene makes Footer begin to have episodes of her own, she wonders if maybe she s getting sick like her mom, and that s a mystery that she s not at all sure she wants to solve."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781481422765
  • ISBN-10: 1481422766
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 240
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-14


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Parents
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Depression & Mental Illness

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-01-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

Nine days after a neighbor is shot on his farm and the man’s two grandchildren disappear, 11-year-old Fontana “Footer” Davis, her best friend Peavine, and his younger sister set out to find out what happened. Their investigation takes them to the farm, which burned down that same night, and their interviews with townsfolk appear throughout, along with Footer’s amusing school assignments (Reinhardt provides doodles on Footer’s behalf). Complicating the investigation are Footer’s visions of the fire. Is it possible that she was there that night and has repressed the memory? Or is Footer following in the footsteps of her mother, who just been taken to a psychiatric ward? Vaught (Insanity) deftly portrays the pain of having a mentally ill parent, capturing Footer’s simultaneous love for and resentment of her mother, as well as her fears for her own sanity. The unusual and entertaining residents of Footer’s small Mississippi town bring moments of humor to a well-plotted mystery that effectively explores some serious themes. Ages 10–14. Author’s agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Marietta Zacker, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (Mar.)

 
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