All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

By: Leslie Connor

Perry has always been happy living at Blue River Correctional Facility, where his mom is an inmate. So when the new district attorney moves Perry “outside,” he feels like he’s traded home for prison, not the other way around. Author’s note.

ISBN: 9780062333469

JLG Release: May 2016


Sensitive Areas: Mild language
Topics: Mothers and sons , Jail , Schools , Friendship , Laws , Parole

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Awards & Honors

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

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Eleven-year-old Perry’s home life is like that of most kids his age: morning ritual, school, dinner with his mom, and games with his extended family. Unlike other kids, however, Perry lives at the Blue River Co-Ed Correctional Facility, where he’s stayed since birth with his mother, Jessica. Nearing the end o
[STARRED REVIEW]
Eleven-year-old Perry’s home life is like that of most kids his age: morning ritual, school, dinner with his mom, and games with his extended family. Unlike other kids, however, Perry lives at the Blue River Co-Ed Correctional Facility, where he’s stayed since birth with his mother, Jessica. Nearing the end of her sentence, Jessica is up for parole, and she and Perry are eager to start a new life on the outside. Opposing Jessica’s parole is the county’s ambitious district attorney, Tom VanLeer, stepfather of Perry’s best friend. VanLeer is outraged that a child was raised in a prison and demands that Perry live with the VanLeers while the case is sorted out. Perry knows he has traded a prison that feels like home for a home that feels like a prison. He resolves to reunite with his mother and have her appeal granted. Connor subtly conveys Perry’s restrained anger over being torn from his Blue River family (for instance, the boy refers to objects in his foster home as “the VanLeer closet” or “a VanLeer towel”). Perry is a memorable protagonist whose unusual upbringing gives him an understanding of and faith in human nature that brings out the best in everyone around him. He’s a perfect foil for the superficial morality of VanLeer, who is no match for Perry’s integrity when the boy confronts the adult on his duplicity, declaring, “Your word is no good.” 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. VERDICT This beautifully written work will send readers’ spirits soaring.—Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY

Book Details

ISBN

9780062333469

First Release

May 2016

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

400

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 540L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Katherine Tegen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language

Topics

Mothers and sons, Jail, Schools, Friendship, Laws, Parole,

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