Betsy Bird tweeted about her review saying “Just read a book by @MauriceBroaddus that doesn’t just tell the truth about kids & the system that fails them. This smart, witty, funny tale is basically a metaphor for America today. Hyperbole? Read it for yourself, bucko. This is my new favorite thing.” So then I clicked over to it where the review concludes that The Usual Suspects…

…  feels like the author is handing truths to the kids reading it, completely bypassing the adults of the world. It feels sneaky. I can see a kid gleaming truths from these pages that they have NEVER encountered anywhere, with the possible exception of their own brains. I can see adults becoming uncomfortable with just how much honesty is on display here. It gives away the game, this book does. It’s always a good idea to sometimes read a book that’s smarter than you are, starring a kid that’s smarter than the world around him. You know why I haven’t heard more people talking about this book? Because nobody knows how to sell it. Well, sorry folks, but the secret is out now. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read for kids, and maybe the best school rated children’s novel I’ve encountered period. This, right here, is the book of our times.

Read the entire review here. Because it’s so awesome *I* want to go read the book again!