All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

Eleven-year-old Perry has always been loved as much as any other kid his age. However, his home is a bit unusual; he has lived at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska since his birth. His mom, Jessica, is a resident on Cell Block C, and she’s finally up for parole. Mom and son look forward to a new beginning on the outside…until the ambitious new district attorney, Thomas VanLeer, discovers that a boy has been living at the prison. He yanks Perry out and delays Jessica’s parole. Stuck in foster care, Perry feels desperate to be reunited with his mother and his Blue River family. Meanwhile, a school project launches him on a journey that makes him question the details of his mother’s crime. Jessica Cook has secrets. Perry resolves to uncover her true story. But can he do that without betraying her?
Praise for All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook:
“With complex, memorable characters, a situation that demands sympathy, and a story that’s shown, not just told, this is fresh and affecting. Well-crafted, warm, and wonderful.” ~ Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Rich characterizations give the novel its big heart: Jessica, Big Ed, and the other Blue River inmates are nuanced, vivid characters whose stories of perseverance after tragedy embody the novel’s themes of redemption, hope, and community. This beautifully written work will send readers’ spirits soaring.” ~ School Library Journal (starred review)
“Every so often, a novel comes along to remind us that what we hope is true, is true: that understanding is stronger than what seems to be justice, that kindness is deeper and fuller than anger, and that goodness can heal brokenness. This is one of those novels.” — Newbery Honor-winning author Gary D. Schmidt
“Perry Cook is a character who steps off the page, wanders through your mind, and finds his way to your heart.” — Lynda Mullaly Hunt, New York Times bestselling author of Fish in a Tree.
“All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook is a book filled with tough truths, relentless optimism, fierce love and above all else gorgeous writing. I loved every heartbreaking, joyful page.” — Corey Ann Haydu, author of Rules for Stealing Stars.
“A heartwarming story with an unstoppable hero, a mystery that keeps you guessing, and a unique setting. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook is a rich look at family and what it means to face adversity and fly—I loved it.” — Kimberly Newton Fusco, author of Beholding Bee.
“Leslie Connor has given young readers a gentle introduction into the world of incarcerated parents in an engaging and ultimately wonderfully rewarding story.” — Nora Raleigh Baskin, author of Ruby on the Outside and Anything But Typical.

HarperCollins~Katherine Tegen Books

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  • The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers

  • ALA Notable Books for Children Nominee -Summer 2016, Fiction

  • New York Public Library 2016 Best Books for Kids, Fiction

  • Goodreads Choice Awards 2016, Middle Grade & Children’s

  • Shelf Awareness 2016 Best Books of the Year, Middle Grade

  • E. B. White Read-Aloud Award 2017 Finalist, Middle Reader

  • Brightly, 16 of the Most Exciting Middle Grade Books to Read in 2016

  • 2017 Audie Award Finalist