Saturday, October 1, 2016

Small Fry pick of the Week: All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

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All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

Ages 8-12

Eleven-year-old Perry T. Cook shouldn't be living in a prison; he has committed no crime.  Perry was born and raised at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska.  His mom is a resident on Cell Block C.  So far, Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together.   Anyone who knows about the arrangement is quietly okay with it.  But when Perry is discovered by the new, ambitious district attorney, Thomas VanLeer, everything changes.

Forced to foster with the VanLeer family, Perry lives on "the outside" but feels trapped. His mom's parole hearing is just weeks away, but the rule bending that allowed Perry to stay with her could mean she'll get more prison time.  Desperate to be united with his mom, Perry goes on a quest to learn the whole truth behind their Blue River story.  But will the facts help them or hurt them?  Can he find a way to tell everyone what home truly means?

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