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Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy: 07/16/16
Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy by Susan Vaught knows mental illness first hand. Her mother is bipolar and isn't managing it well. When the neighbor's house burns down, the locals suspect that Footer's mom is responsible.
Footer, though, suspects something else is afoot. With her few close friends she looks into the cause of the fire and the possible disappearance of two children living in the house. See the authorities believe they died in the fire. Footer though believes something else happened.
But then there's the nagging feelings of self doubt. What if everyone is just being nice to keep the crazy girl happy? What if Footer is destined to be as crazy as her mother?
I read this book on the heels of having seen the excellent New Zealand film Housebound. Footer Davis's story is a tween version set in the South. But the gist is the same: there are people taking advantage of a person's mental illness (and another one's perceived mental illness) to do bad things. Meanwhile, another person (or persons) is hiding in plain sight.