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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2nd - 6th
  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477817328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477817322
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Look Inside Billy the Kid is Not Crazy


“Readers will cheer for Billy, even as he’s acting up...It’s really hard not to like Billy.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Ten-year-old Billy March seems to spend most of his life in time-out. If he isn't in trouble at school, then he is on his parent's list at home. Told in Billy's own words, this humorous coming-of-age tale follows Billy through his days at home and at school as he gives a play-by-play of his pathetic life. That is how Billy views it. He has two "perfect" sisters making him seem even more troublesome in his parent's eyes. After yet another minor event at school his parents decide to take Billy to a counselor. Billy and his best friend, Keenan, have imagined all kinds of outcomes from this including having to be put on medication, or "brain drugs" as Billy calls them. The counselor declares that Billy just has a vivid imagination and that he needs to learn to not act on it in every case. Billy has to endure teasing from his older sister about the counseling provoking him into a more serious act at home. When his parents find out, they are furious. Billy decides to run away to his uncle's house where he thinks he will be truly welcome. The story gives authentic insight into the mixed-up thinking of a young boy's world view. Some of his observations will ring a bell with readers, like "there are probably like two kids who know how to read out loud" in the whole fifth grade. Billy's vivid imagination is represented in the book by occasional cartoon drawings, adding interest for young readers." —Children's Literature, Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.

About the Author

Stephanie Guerra is the author of the young adult novel Torn. Kirkus Reviews called her “a strong new voice,” and Booklist praised the book’s “strong voice and complex characters.” Stephanie teaches children’s literature in the College of Education at Seattle University. She also serves as the Seattle host for the teen fiction blog Readergirlz. Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy is her first novel for middle grade readers. Stephanie lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and children. Learn more: www.stephanieguerra.com

More About the Author

Stephanie Guerra is the winner of the 2013 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award for her writing on multicultural literary experiences for teens. Her debut young-adult novel, Torn, received a starred audiobook review from School Library Journal. Kirkus called her "a strong new voice" and Booklist praised her "complex characters." Her first middle-grade novel, Billy the Kid is Not Crazy, is on shelves now. Kirkus noted the "energy, wit and sensitivity" and "strong characterizations" in Billy. Stephanie teaches children's literature and writing at Seattle University. She also teaches creative writing at King County Juvenile Detention Center and researches and speaks about literacy instruction for at-risk teens. Stephanie lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and children.

You can visit Stephanie's website at www.stephanieguerra.com

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You can see a slow evolution of Billy in the book and you like him because you know he's just trying to be good.
Jana Taylor
The book helps kids learn about how their behavior results in repercussions - and how people will see you based on how you act.
Scott Sherman
My son of course was cracking up because of all of the very imaginative stories/scenes that Billy, the main character creates.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mom2twoboys VINE VOICE on August 1, 2013
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I'm considering buying ten copies to have on-hand as my friends' children age. This is great for kids and parents. It's about a boy who is totally NOT crazy. He's a typical dreamer who often makes bad decisions because...he's still a kid! A point that is not lost on reading parents of this book. As a parent, we often get caught up in the moment-to-moment actions of our kids. We kind of forget that 10 or even 12 is not that old. There is a lot of maturing to be done and sometimes we have to remember, they have time. Perfect is lame, anyhow!! Billy tries to be good, but his brain works faster than it should. It's a funny read, thought provoking, and lets the youth reader know that he/she is not bad, they are just a typical kid! Truly, this is a page turner and would be an awesome gift to a parent of a child or a child who is always getting into trouble. Sometimes, with my kids, I thought "I JUST TOLD HIM "how to act" and he's already into trouble again!" Read Billy The Kid Is Not Crazy...you're not alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Davis on July 3, 2013
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This is a great book! I was pleasantly surprised to find it was not about a boy with autism or some other brain problem. Well, they briefly thought he had a brain problem, but he didn't--he is very smart and very creative, and well, he is a boy!

This is wonderful writing. The story is beautifully plotted. The thinking of the boy seems very realistic to me. (I'm a bit on the smart side, too, and know about imagination...)

The events in the book and the way the boy describes them are very interesting to read about, and there are lots and lots of laughs. Also some sadness. And what I insist on in books--a happy ending!

The artwork in the book is great, lots of fun. Really adds a lot and speeds up reading--illustrations in books are almost always a plus!

Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jana Taylor VINE VOICE on October 1, 2013
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I read this book before giving it to my 9 year old. Sometimes you never know if the book is going to appeal to them or (sadly) if there is going to be some questionable material in the book. So I'm not going to review the book by giving the story line, I am sure that's been done elsewhere. I'm going to just give an overview of the overall themes and things that are in it.

So this is a summary of any potentially "objectionable" content (I found nothing objectionable personally speaking):
Good news, there is no cussing. One taking the Lord's name in vain, which was quickly followed up with pointing out that his mom didn't usually do that, so it was not done in an unthinking way. There is one brief and very slight allusion to "doing it" but I think that it goes over the head of kids unless they are really keyed into that. It's used in such a way that an adult will know EXACTLY what that means but not necessarily every kid, it can be interpreted as something benign. There are some "violent" references like Billy imagining he might get electroshock therapy from a mad scientist but really so mild it didn't hit my radar... but everyone is different so I want to be thorough.

The good traits of the story:
They are a normal family with normal issues. They go to church, they don't always get along, and Billy feels a lot of isolation because he feels misunderstood. You can see a slow evolution of Billy in the book and you like him because you know he's just trying to be good. In many ways I think parents can read this book and get a completely different thing from it than a kid reader. Parents can see themselves in the parents' situation and know how they'd feel and kids can see it from Billy's perspective. It's a nice duality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr and Mrs Michael Alexander VINE VOICE on November 8, 2013
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I could not believe how funny this book is. Me and my kids sat down and took turns reading pages. This was a great find. We must of laugh so hard like it was a tv show. Billy is funny and always in trouble. Your child will laugh out loud as well. I will be looking for more of this authors stories, I hope she continues on with Billy. Overall good job and a well written book that my family really enjoyed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Seaman VINE VOICE on November 3, 2013
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"Billy The Kid Is Not Crazy" is a wonderful book well balanced between text and illustreations byS. F. Guerra. The books has a comic book- excuse me- a graphic novel- quality to it but also jumps back and forth to traditional text. Billy is a boy who wants to be good, He wants to please his parents. Every time he allows his creative imaginatipon to wander, new adventures take him to new trouble. We fall in love with this boy fast and his creativity is matched by the authors, of course, and the author isw brilliant.

This is a good book for sharing. A child will love this hidden beneath his blankets and reading from the light of his cell phpone or on the lap of his parent discussing the detailed drawings or playing "whjat if..." in discussion surrpounding the fantastic plot. THis is a sincerely wonderful book.

It lacks the cutting edge quality of Eric Carle, Madeline L'Engle, E.B. White or Aric Davis but Guerra will continue to write and has all the right stuff. Br9inging this book to the attention of parents, teachers and writers is important as it is through them thata the kids will be introduced. Kids don't generally acccept the suggestions of the un-cool adults but we know how to get past that: a copy left on ther bottom stair, a gifted coipy to your sons friend. PErhaps you donate a copy to your school's library. Regardless, this is a book that you will love and your child (either gender) will love even more.)
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