In the Company of Crazies

In the Company of Crazies

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Thirteen-year-old Mia Singer thought that she had it all under control. Sure, her grades were slipping a little bit (well, really, more than a little), and she couldn't explain her occasional compulsion to shoplift. The sudden death of a classmate affects Mia in a way she can't quite define, but then she goes one step too far. Her parents place her in an "alternative" boarding school. Away from her parents and surrounded by trees, space, and students whose problems she can't completely comprehend, Mia has no choice but to learn about herself.

With insight and sympathy, Nora Raleigh Baskin focuses on the universal feeling of being a misfit, showing that sometimes the path home is as unexpected as it is challenging.
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  • Hardback | 170 pages
  • 149.9 x 210.8 x 17.8mm | 272.16g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0060596074
  • 9780060596071

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120 ratings
3.25 out of 5 stars
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4 25% (30)
3 37% (44)
2 21% (25)
1 3% (4)

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When Mia Singer's life gets to be a little too much too handle after a volleyball teammate dies, it changes drastically. When she's caught shoplifting, her family has had enough, and she is shipped off to an "alternative" boarding school, Mountain Laurel. Mountain Laurel is home to the "crazies" mentioned in the title, and it's nothing like any school Mia has ever attended. Much of their time at Mountain Laurel is devoted to journal writing, and the snippets from Mia's journal included in the text make an interesting addition to this book. The characters in the story, Mia included, are wonderful, and the idea of the story is interesting enough, yet much of the book lacks the "spark" that would make it fabulous. However, Mountain Laurel is a very interesting setting, and the issues addressed in the book make it smart and thought-provoking, as well as a good read. IN THE COMPANY OF CRAZIES is a very well-written book, enough so that I'd consider reading other books by Nora Raleigh Baskin, but not so much that I'd spend much time actively seeking them out. Still, though, it's certainly worth reading!show more
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