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 books strong voice and complex characters. Stephanie teaches childrens 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