Sunnyside Plaza

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A Bank Street Best Book of 2021

Wonder meets Three Times Lucky in a story of empowerment as a young woman decides to help solve the mystery of multiple suspicious deaths in her group home.

Sally Miyake can't read, but she learns lots of things. Like bricks are made of clay and Vitamin D comes from the sun. Sally is happy working in the kitchen at Sunnyside Plaza, the community center she lives in with other adults with developmental disabilities. For Sally and her friends, Sunnyside is the only home they've ever known.

Everything changes the day a resident unexpectedly dies. After a series of tragic events, detectives Esther Rivas and Lon Bridges begin asking questions. Are the incidents accidents? Or is something more disturbing happening?

The suspicious deaths spur the residents into taking the investigation into their own hands. But are people willing to listen?

Sunnyside Plaza is a human story of empowerment, empathy, hope, and generosity that shines a light on this very special world.

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 Post has called the most literate, witty, moving, and just plain interesting news show on any dial) is a Special Contributor to CBS Sunday Morning, and is the author of nine books.

 

"A fanciful adventure with a rich emotional core and a fairy tale flair. An emphasis on

*"A tender insight into being different and wonderful."—Kirkus, starred review *"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."




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