Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy

Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy

Illustrated by: Jennifer Black Reinhardt
For Ages: 10 - 14
  • 5
Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery
Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year

“Like its heroine, this contemporary mystery is compelling, offbeat, and fearless.” —The Horn Book

“A sensitive, suspenseful mystery that deftly navigates the uncertainty of mental illness.” —Kirkus Reviews

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.

Here are some things that are true about Footer Davis:
1. She has a BB gun named Louise.
2. Walruses freak her out.
3. Her mom has bipolar disorder.

But she wants you to know that it’s not that big a deal. She’s just Mom, and usually she’s fine except sometimes when she doesn’t take her pills. But right now what’s most important to Footer is what happened to those kids at the Abrams farm. See, there was a fire there a few nights ago, and those kids haven’t been seen since. Pretty sure they got burned up. What Footer and Peavine—that’s her best friend—want to know is who started the fire?

This middle grade mystery is funny, honest, populated with interesting characters, and Southern to the core. Kirkus Reviews called it “a sensitive, suspenseful mystery that deftly navigates the uncertainty of mental illness.”
  • Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books | 
  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481422772 | 
  • March 2016 | 
  • Grades 5 - 9 | 
  • Lexile ® 800L
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About the Author

Susan Vaught
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Susan Vaught

Susan Vaught is the author of Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy, which won the 2016 Edgar Award in the Best Juvenile category and was a Junior Library Guild Selection. The Horn Book called it “compelling, offbeat, and fearless.” She is also the author of Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry, which received three starred reviews and was nominated for the Edgar Award, and Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood’s Revenge. Her many books for teens include Trigger, which received three starred reviews and was an ALA Best Books for Young Adults; InsanityMy Big Fat Manifesto; and Freaks Like Us. She works as a neuropsychologist at a state psychiatric facility, specializing in helping people with severe and persistent mental illness, intellectual disability, and traumatic brain injury. She lives on a farm with her wife and son in rural western Kentucky. 

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