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Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults

ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults

American Bookseller Pick of the Lists

California Young Reader Medal

School Library Journal Best Book

About the Book

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, Matt de la Peña, 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.

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Critical Praise

“A masterpiece.” —School Library Journal (*Starred Review*)

“[A] transcendent story of love, loyalty and courage…Superb plotting, extraordinary characters and crackling narrative…unforgettable.” —Publishers Weekly (* Starred Review *)

“Pulse-pounding, on both visceral and intellectual levels—a wild, brutal ride.” —Kirkus Review (Pointered Review)

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062687746
  • ISBN 10: 0062687743
  • Imprint: Greenwillow Books
  • On Sale: 01/30/2018
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: 12.50 CAD
  • BISAC1: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
  • BISAC2: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Physical & Emotional Abuse (see also Social Themes / Sexual Abuse)
  • BISAC3: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Violence

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher

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