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Kid Konnection: Sure Signs of Crazy

July 13, 2013

Sure Signs of Crazy

Every time almost twelve year old Sarah Nelson does something a little bit different, she’s worried she might be crazy.  After all, her mom’s in a mental institution and has been there as long as Sarah can remember.  When her English teacher asks everyone to write letters over the summer, Sarah decides to write hers to Atticus Finch because she admires him so much.  Those letters tell the story of one remarkable summer!

Sure Signs of Crazy, by Karen Harrington, is one delightful book!  At almost twelve years old, Sarah has been through more than most people.  She’s witnessed her brother’s death, two trials and her mother’s sentence to a mental institution.  Since then, she and her dad have moved every time someone figures out their past.  Sarah is ready to settle down and get some answers to the questions she has about her family.

I absolutely adored Sarah and wanted to give her a great big hug.  She knows the basics of what happened to her mother, but not the details so she’s always worried that the same thing will happen to her.  Her dad’s not exactly an open book, though, so answers are hard to come by.  She’s full of spunk and determination and won’t let anything get her down for long.  She says, “I’ve learned that you have to choose courage each day like you choose what shirt to wear,” and she does just that.

I think young readers are going to love this book like I did!  It’s technically a middle grade book, but I have a feeling it will appeal to older readers as well because so many kids will be able to relate to Sarah and her problems.  Readers will laugh and cry as they read about the summer Sarah grows up.  You’re going to watch to check out Sure Signs of Crazy!

kid konnection newFor more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by the author.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2013 7:59 am

    I always love hearing about good middle grade books!

  2. July 13, 2013 8:17 am

    Yep, it might be MG but it sounds like an older read – brother’s death, mental institution?! I would definitely consider reading this one, it sounds good. Glad you loved this one!

  3. July 13, 2013 8:26 am

    Now this is a different book! I’m noting it down for my daughter and mom reading sessions. I love reading books to my daughter that are original.

  4. July 13, 2013 7:02 pm

    The cover of this book caught my eye on Goodreads (just yesterday!) Sarah sounds like a great character. And the subject appeals to me more than a lot of other MG books. Looking forward to checking it out!

  5. July 14, 2013 1:02 am

    I love what she says about courage. I try to say something along those lines to myself every day too 🙂

  6. July 14, 2013 4:37 am

    I am sure I’d like it

  7. talesofwhimsy permalink
    July 14, 2013 10:34 pm

    I feel for her already. Great review.

  8. July 14, 2013 11:10 pm

    You always review the best middle school books ever!! I have to add this one to my must order list!

  9. bookingmama permalink
    July 15, 2013 8:18 am

    I was thinking that this one would appeal to Booking Daughter even though she’s a little bit older than the main character. It definitely appeals to me!

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