"In her debut novel, Crandell draws from her experience raising a daughter with cerebral palsy, sensitively conveying the impact of stereotypes and hurtful comments without resorting to moralizing. Uncomfortable moments, unflinchingly conveyed, are gingerly balanced with a sense of humor. Crandell creates a maddening yet sympathetic character in Cricket, who is realistically slow to learn her lessons in compassion and human kindness."
"[Cricket's] growth is a reminder that acceptance of others is hard work, but good work, too."
The novel is heartwarming and funny... Highly entertainingthis book will appeal to reluctant readers.”
School Library Journal
A surprisingly genuine title in an industry known for spewing out pre-manufactured crap".
Bethany Crandell writes young adult novels because the feelings that come with life's "first" times are too good not to relive again and again. Summer on the Short Bus is Crandell's debut. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband and two daughters, one of whom living with disabilities. Visit Bethany online at rookieriter.blogspot.com and Twitter @rookieriter.