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Summer of Courage

Summer of Courage by Karen Pavlicin

(In hardcover as Perch, Mrs. Sackets, and Crow’s Nest.)

“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.”

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.

“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.”

Includes a recipe for crow’s nest, rules for gin rummy, and a discussion guide.

“…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

“…compelling, gentle, flowing, and woven with rich memories…”—Stories for Children Magazine

“…gives children a wonderful way to think about the changes in their lives and the role of their faith. A delightful read.”—Pauline Lucero-Esquivel, children’s counselor

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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, 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