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Perch, Mrs. Sackets, and Crow’s Nest

Multiple-award-winning children's novel Perch, Mrs. Sackets, and Crow's Nest by Karen Pavlicin

When 10-year-old Andy Parker reluctantly goes to Grandma’s house for the summer, all he can think about is how much he misses his dad in heaven and his best friend Anthony, who moved away. What will he do in this sleepy small town for the entire summer? But it turns out even cow dung can be interesting and something wonderful can come from rotten apples.

From the back cover:
Mom called this my Summer of Courage. She said that when you need courage the most is when you realize what’s happened in your life and you decide to get up the next morning anyway. Mom and I did our best to keep going, to have courage. We prayed a lot. Sometimes I wondered if God ever listened. I prayed real hard for my dad to get better, but he died. I prayed that Anthony would be my best friend forever, but that was going to be harder now that we didn’t live next door to each other. And I prayed that Mom would learn to cook something besides hot dogs and jelly sandwiches.

I closed my eyes and prayed for God to send me a sign. Any sign he was listening. He sent me perch, Mrs. Sackets, and crow’s nest.

Now in paperback as Summer of Courage.

“…an upbeat, positive story…wise, hopeful…with a subtle simplicity sure to touch hearts.” –School Library Journal

“An enjoyable adventure of discovery…” – Midwest Book Review

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ISBN 978-1-934617-00-7 hardcover
ISBN 978-1-934617-24-3 paperback

This story, originally published in hardcover as Perch, Mrs. Sackets, and Crow’s Nest, and now in paperback as Summer of Courage, has won multiple awards, including:

Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Gold Medal Best Pre-teen Fiction
Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Silver Medal
Mom’s Choice Awards S
ilver Recipient Juvenile Fiction Ages 9-12
Children’s Crown Award Best Wholesome Books Finalist Grades 4-5
(top 20 books of the year that “convey wholesome values, uplifting characters, and edifying themes that inspire children toward positive goals.”)
National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Honors Book
Foreword Book of the Year Awards Juvenile Fiction Finalist
Benjamin Franklin Awards Juvenile-Young Adult Fiction Finalist
Midwest Book Awards Finalist