Monday, January 9, 2017
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
I enjoyed the setting, which is unique for a middle grade novel, but sadly not unique to many readers. As Connor writes in her afterward, "one in twenty-eight school-aged children have a parent in the prison system." Kids need to see their lives in books, and while I don't know if this is realistic, it's a start. It could also help take away the stigma of prison for kids who are unfamiliar with it. There is a lot to learn from seeing the kindness in characters who have made a life-altering decision.
I have only one complaint, which seems to be a common quibble for me with recent middle grade novels. This book weighs in at 344 pages, which will intimidate many young readers. If Connor took 100 pages off, the audience for the book would expand so much.
Posted by Miss K at 12:00 AM