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Sunnyside Plaza
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Scott Simon has won every major award in broadcasting for his personal essays, war reporting and commentary. He has reported from all fifty states, scores of foreign countries and eight wars. He hosts Weekend Edition with Scott Simon Saturday mornings on National Public Radio (which the Washington Posthas called "the most literate, witty, moving and just plain interesting news show on any dial") and numerous public television and cable programs. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Reviews

"Simon delivers a unique story."--BCCB
"An excellent book about the power of the human spirit, even when some of the people are so different from what would be called "normal." A must read for all middle readers as they think about people who may be different from themselves."-- Pat Trotter, Bookends On Main (Menomonie, WI)
"Sunnyside Plaza is a gem of a read! I highly recommend this mystery to anyone who loves to learn about people. Scott Simon got it all right when creating characters with intellectual disabilities and showing the strength that human connections make in one's life."-- Kathy Detwiler, Buttonwood Books & Toys (Cohasset, MA)
"Sunnyside Plaza is an amazing book. The book is a mystery and it is sure to intrigue anyone who reads it. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars. If you liked Braced, I am certain you will like this book too. It's a great book for kids 9 and older."-- Island Bookstore (Kitty Hawk, NC)
"Like all animals, humans are hardwired to detect differences. Avoiding, fearing, or making fun of differences, though, is a learned behavior. We're no two alike, so which differences affect our reactions to others? The residents of Sunnyside Plaza are ""different"", but so are the staff, the delivery man, the people on the street. Author and NPR commentator Scott Simon's novel is aimed at middle-grade readers but is important reading for older teens and adults, too, and will be a great book for group discussions. And you'll cheer for Sally and her friends as they help the police solve a mystery!"-- Susan Posch, The Book Shoppe (Boone, IA)
"Scott Simon's characters are instantly emotionally engaging and their resiliency and determination to help and protect each other will have readers of all ages deeply invested in their story."

-- Colin Sneed, Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill, NC)
"Sunnyside Plaza is a gem of a read! I highly recommend this mystery to anyone who loves to learn about people. Scott Simon got it all right when creating characters with intellectual disabilities and showing the strength that human connections make in one's life."-- Kathy Detwiler, Buttonwood Books & Toys (Cohasset, MA)
"When the residents of Sunnyside Plaza - a group home for adults with developmental disabilities - start unexpectedly passing away, a young woman must work with the other Sunnysiders to figure out what's happening. Scott Simon's characters are instantly emotionally engaging and their resiliency and determination to help and protect each other will have readers of all ages deeply invested in their story."-- Colin Sneed, Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill, NC)
*"A resoundingly poignant novel with an acutely intuitive and empathic protagonist."--Publishers Weekly
, starred review
"...filled with compassion, determination, intrigue, and the restored faith in the power of community."--School Library Connection
"Sunnyside Plaza is a light in the shadows that illuminates the humanity in us all. It's a book as special as its characters. A treasure."

-- Jerry Spinelli, Newbery winning author of Maniac Magee and The Warden's Daughter
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*"A tender insight into being different and wonderful."--Kirkus
, starred review
"A beautiful book that focuses on empathy, not pity, to introduce readers to a new world. I enjoyed every minute I spent with the characters of Sunnyside Plaza."-- Stacy McAnulty, bestselling author of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

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