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Cover Reveal: Sure Signs of Crazy

November 8, 2012

A couple years ago I discovered a wonderful blog, Scobberlotch, by author Karen Harrington, and I’ve been hooked on it ever since.  I’ve watched Karen struggle when her first publisher went under and I rejoiced when she got a contract with Little, Brown for her latest book.  I’m thrilled to reveal the cover of her first middle grade book, SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY, today!!

We’ll have to wait until July of 2013 for this book, but I want to whet you appetite with the publisher’s description from the back cover.  I’m sure this is a book you’ll want to add to your wish list!

“Not every person responds to words the same way.  Some words are trouble words.  A trouble word will change the face of the person you say it to.  Love can be a trouble word for some people.  Crazy is also a trouble word.”

“I should know.”

You’ve never met anyone exactly like twelve-year-old Sarah Nelson.  While most of her classmates geek out over Harry Potter, she writes letters to Atticus Finch.  Her best friend is a plant.  And she’s never known her mother, who has lived in a mental institution since Sarah was two.

Sarah and her dad have spent the past decade moving from one Texas town to another, and she’s never felt truly at home . . . until now.  This is the story of one extraordinary summer in which Sarah gets her first real crush, new friends, and the answers about her family she’s always been looking for.

Written in pitch-perfect prose that is by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY markes Karen Harrington’s middle-grade debut and introduces an absolutely unforgettable character.

I’m just thrilled for Karen and really excited about this book – I have a feeling you’ll be hearing a lot about it in the coming months.  Sarah sounds like a character I will adore.

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  1. November 8, 2012 7:02 am

    Love the quirkiness of this character. I’ll be looking for this kids book to be released.

  2. bookingmama permalink
    November 8, 2012 7:04 am

    I love the cover and the book’s description. Looking forward to it! Congrats, Karen!

  3. November 8, 2012 7:43 am

    OOH…. I had like a good Judy Blume (my author of choice when I was MG) vibe…. this sounds wonderful!

  4. November 8, 2012 8:47 am

    Actually, you are right. This sounds wonderful.

  5. November 8, 2012 8:51 am

    Thanks so much for featuring this today, Kathy! I’m so excited.

  6. November 8, 2012 9:23 am

    Oh how precious. I totally love it.

  7. zibilee permalink
    November 8, 2012 10:03 am

    Oh, yes! This is a lovely cover, and the book sounds like it would be the perfect read for me. I am so glad that you decided to feature this one today. I need to add it to my wishlist and grab it when it becomes available!!

  8. November 8, 2012 10:18 am

    THAT is an adorable cover. The type of cover that would grab me when I visited the library as a kid.

  9. Andrea Miller permalink
    November 8, 2012 10:37 am

    This sounds like a wonderful book for kids as well as me!!! I can’t wait to get it.

  10. November 8, 2012 10:59 am

    Yay for Karen! I love the cover and the premise.

  11. November 8, 2012 11:44 am

    Sounds like it will be a hit!

  12. November 8, 2012 12:47 pm

    It does sound like a fun one!

  13. November 8, 2012 2:24 pm

    This does sound crazy-good! :)

  14. November 8, 2012 2:53 pm

    Sounds great to me! Added to my TBR.

  15. November 8, 2012 3:21 pm

    Looks fun :)

  16. November 8, 2012 3:54 pm

    I love it already…

  17. November 8, 2012 4:02 pm

    Love the cover and story, and I’m sure that Karen’s work will be great. Cannot wait to see it in the flesh.

  18. November 8, 2012 5:14 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful story, and I love that cover!

  19. November 8, 2012 6:14 pm

    This sounds GREAT, and the cover is awesome!! :)

  20. November 8, 2012 6:22 pm

    Gorgeous cover! Something about it just reminds me of home and growing up.

  21. Amy @ My Friend Amy permalink
    November 8, 2012 7:30 pm

    aw, that’s a very cute cover!

  22. November 9, 2012 7:08 am

    This sounds like it might be a perfect read for me and my granddaughter! She’s ten now and lost her mother when she was two. I’ll give it a read first and see if it’s appropriate for our “Nanny-Granddaughter” book club. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  23. November 9, 2012 10:55 am

    I loved Janeology, and have come to love Karen through her blog – so I can’t wait for this one!

  24. November 9, 2012 11:01 am

    Adorable cover! I don’t read much middle grade fiction, but i would certainly make an exception for this one. I like the sound of it!

  25. November 9, 2012 1:03 pm

    I was fortunate enough to read the ARC for SSOC already, and I have to say it’s a charming, wonderful, heartbreaking story. Karen’s created an unforgettable heroine. I know this book is going to get amazing reviews because it is beautifully, beautifully written. Can’t wait to read her next one!

  26. November 9, 2012 9:26 pm

    What a wonderful cover to match what sounds like a lovely story. Congratulations, Karen! :-)

  27. November 10, 2012 12:00 am

    I think my daughter and I would love this one. Attractive cover too!

  28. November 10, 2012 9:37 am

    Love it! That cover is amazing and this book sounds awesome!!!

  29. November 10, 2012 8:11 pm

    The cover is wonderful … and the book description doesn’t sound bad either.

  30. November 11, 2012 10:04 am

    Fun cover! So glad Karen found a new publusher.

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