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Called a "masterpiece" in a starred review from School Library Journal, award-winning author Chris Crutcher's acclaimed Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes is an enduring classic.This bestselling novel is...
Called a "masterpiece" in a starred review from School Library Journal, award-winning author Chris Crutcher's acclaimed Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes is an enduring classic.This bestselling novel is...
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  • Called a "masterpiece" in a starred review from School Library Journal, award-winning author Chris Crutcher's acclaimed Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes is an enduring classic.

    This bestselling novel is about love, loyalty, and friendship in the face of adversity. "Superb plotting, extraordinary characters, and cracking narrative make this novel unforgettable."—Publishers Weekly

    Sarah Byrnes and Eric Calhoune have been friends for years. When they were children, his weight and her scars made them both outcasts. Now Sarah Byrnes—the smartest, toughest person Eric has ever known—sits silent in a hospital. Eric must uncover the terrible secret she's hiding before its dark current pulls them both under. Will appeal to fans of Marieke Nijkamp, Andrew Smith, and John Corey Whaley.

    "Once again, Chris Crutcher plunges his readers into life's tough issues within a compelling story filled with human compassion . . . with his characteristic intelligence, humor, and empathy."—ALAN Review

    An American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults

About the Author-

  • Chris Crutcher has written nine critically acclaimed novels, an autobiography, and two collections of short stories. He has won three lifetime achievement awards for the body of his work: the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding Literature for Young Adults, the ALAN Award for Significant Contribution to Adolescent Literature, and the NCTE National Intellectual Freedom Award. He has been a child and family therapist with the Spokane Community Mental Health Center and is currently chairperson for the Spokane Child Protection Team. Chris Crutcher lives in Spokane, Washington.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 29, 1993
    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.

  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 1998
    Gr 8 Up-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)

  • DOGO Books Melanie Santana - This novel has an amazing plot, the characters are unique and diverse in a good way it includes life issues, which makes this novel even more compelling.
  • Booklist

    March 15, 1993
    Gr. 7-12. Overweight high school student Eric Calhoun, nicknamed Moby, is Sarah Byrnes' only friend. At the age of three, Sarah's face and hands were severely burned in a domestic "accident." Her father, Virgil, refused to let her have any reconstructive surgery, and Sarah has lived her life behind a mask of scars and fury. Now, Sarah is in the hospital, in what appears to be a catatonic state. Eric goes to see her every day, talking to her and trying to get a response. When she finally answers him, it is to tell him that she has been "aware" all along. Knowing her father is dangerously unbalanced, she plans to escape from him. Eric brings in Lemry, a sympathetic teacher, as an adult ally, and the teacher and Sarah search for Sarah's mother. Virgil threatens to kill Eric unless he reveals Sarah's location, and in a climactic chase scene, he stabs Eric, who is lucky to escape with his life. Crutcher ties up loose ends and subplots a little too rosily for real life, but his book is satisfying all the same. It's strong on relationships, long on plot, and has enough humor and suspense to make it an easy booktalk with appeal across gender lines. ((Reviewed Mar. 15, 1993))(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 1993, American Library Association.)

  • School Library Journal (*Starred Review*) ★ "A masterpiece."
  • Publishers Weekly (* Starred Review *) ★ "A transcendent story of love, loyalty and courage. Superb plotting, extraordinary characters and crackling narrative...unforgettable."
  • Kirkus Review (Pointered Review) ★ "Pulse-pounding, on both visceral and intellectual levels—a wild, brutal ride."

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