From Leslie Connor, award-winning writer of Waiting for Normal and Crunch, comes a hovering and heartfelt tale approximately love, forgiveness, and the way innocence makes us all stand up. All upward thrust for the Honorable Perry T. Cook is a robust tale, ideal for lovers of Wonder and When You achieve Me.

Eleven-year-old Perry was once born and raised by means of his mother on the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny shock, Nebraska. His mother is a resident on telephone Block C, and up to now Warden Daugherty has made it attainable for them to be jointly. that's, until eventually a brand new district lawyer discovers the truth—and Perry is faraway from the ability and compelled right into a foster home.

When Perry strikes to the “outside” global, he feels trapped. eager to be reunited together with his mother, Perry is going on a quest for solutions approximately her prior crime. As he will get toward the reality, he'll realize that love makes humans resilient regardless of the place they arrive from . . . yet can he have the option to inform every body what domestic actually means?

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