Sunnyside Plaza / by Scott Simon.

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: While helping police officers Esther and Lon investigate a suspicious death at her group home, nineteen-year-old Sal Miyake, who is mentally challenged, gains insights into herself and makes new friends.
    • ISBN:
      9780316531207 (hardcover)
      0316531200 (hardcover)
    • Accession Number:
      2018050914
    • Accession Number:
      on1135064158
      1135064158
    • Accession Number:
      fay.680526
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      SIMON, S. Sunnyside Plaza. First edition. [s. l.]: Little, Brown and Company, 2020. ISBN 9780316531207. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.680526. Acesso em: 8 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Simon S. Sunnyside Plaza. First edition. Little, Brown and Company; 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.680526. Accessed July 8, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Simon S. Sunnyside Plaza. First edition. Little, Brown and Company; 2020. Accessed July 8, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.680526
    • APA:
      Simon, S. (2020). Sunnyside Plaza (First edition.). Little, Brown and Company.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Simon, Scott. 2020. Sunnyside Plaza. First edition. Little, Brown and Company. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.680526.
    • Harvard:
      Simon, S. (2020) Sunnyside Plaza. First edition. Little, Brown and Company. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.680526 (Accessed: 8 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Simon, S 2020, Sunnyside Plaza, First edition., Little, Brown and Company, viewed 8 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Simon, Scott. Sunnyside Plaza. First edition., Little, Brown and Company, 2020. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.680526.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Simon, Scott. Sunnyside Plaza. First edition. Little, Brown and Company, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.680526.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Simon S. Sunnyside Plaza [Internet]. First edition. Little, Brown and Company; 2020 [cited 2020 Jul 8]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.680526

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 November #1

Sunnyside Plaza is a group home for adults with intellectual disabilities, and Sally, the narrator of radio journalist Simon's first book for children, is the youngest resident at 19. The atmosphere is warm and supportive, and Sally is mostly content. When one of the residents dies in his sleep, two detectives come to the home to investigate. Ensuing deaths and medical incidents increase suspicion of foul play, and Sally recruits her friends to help solve the mystery. The solution is almost banal; a distributor donating canned goods has been putting new labels on long-expired cans of food, the contents of which can interact dangerously with some medication. The odyssey Sally and the others undertake to the police station has a dreamlike quality as they make a number of mostly positive contacts along the way. While the topic may seem odd for a middle-grade novel, Simon makes it work. He depicts his characters with compassion, not condescension, and not only is this hopeful, happy story accessible to middle-graders, it should appeal to older readers as well. Grades 4-8. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 October #3

NPR broadcaster and author Simon makes his children's book debut with this novel inspired by his experience, as a young man, working at a group home for adults with developmental disabilities. Ingenuous narrator Sally Miyake ("Sal Pal"), a resident of the Sunnyside Plaza community center, easily draws readers into her story, confiding, "I can't read, but I see, I hear, and I notice things." Fixated on numbers, she communicates her age as "8 times 2 plus 3," and believes that her long-absent mother "will be back when she can take care of me." The teen and her fellow residents instinctively support one another and provide mutual solace when two tenants die suddenly and another suffers a mysterious fall. Two detectives investigating the deaths bring untold joy into Sal Pal's life when they take her under their wing, inviting her to her first-ever baseball game and a family seder, and soliciting her help solving the deaths, given her keen perspicacity. In heartbreaking moments, Simon also lays bare the profound humiliation that Sal Pal and her friends feel when marginalized, as when a woman at the park deems "those people... crazy." A resoundingly poignant novel with an acutely intuitive and empathic protagonist. Ages 8–up. (Jan.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.