As middle grade novels go, this particular title called out to me. Filled with some funny, inspiring and unforgettable characters, ‘All rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook’ will have readers both young and old gripped until the end.
Perry was born and raised at the Blue river co-ed Correctional Facility in the tiny Nebraskan town of Surprise. His mother is a resident on Cell Block C. the warden has made it possible for them to be together and most people who know this are quietly okay with it. However, when a new district attorney is appointed, everything changes for the spirited 11-year-old. Perry is forced to live on “the outside” with the Van leer family but feels trapped. Feeling desperate to be reunited with his mother, Perry goes on a quest to learn the whole truth behind their Blue River story. And when he does, it takes all the courage he has to face it, and truly understand the strength of the family he has, and the home his mother has created for him, no matter where that is.
Told in Perry’s unique voice we get to see the inner workings of the prison he calls home and navigate the dramas of middle school. What amazed me was the quiet strength of Perry and the hope he leans on from the support from his friends, and the unique story that follows.
If you are looking for an inspirational children’s read similar to Dan Gemeinhart’s ‘Some kind of Courage’ and Joan Bauer’s ‘Almost Home’, then this should be next on your list!
Title: All rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
Author: Leslie Connor
Recommended by Surani R, Waitakere Central Library, Henderson.
Surani R enjoys reading biographies, travelogues, some non-fiction, and loves fiction that makes you laugh out loud. She also finds comfort in children’s fiction with thought-provoking stories.