After his father dies, Andy Parker, 10, and his mother spend the summer with the boy's grandmother in rural upstate New York. Andy, used to the fast-paced city life of St. Paul, MN, and dreading a summer with nothing to do, also has to say good-bye to his best friend, who is moving. This sweet, gentle story is about Andy's "Summer of Courage," when he learns to appreciate country life and realizes that change doesn't have to be so scary. Finding it difficult to cope with her loss, Mrs. Parker tells her son 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." Praying to a God he is not sure is listening, Andy connects with an old friend of his mom's and discovers the joy of fishing for perch, doing chores for his grandma and her optimistic and eccentric neighbor, Mrs. Sackets, and picking up and peeling ground apples for Crow's Nest (recipe included). This is an upbeat, positive story in which faith and resilience are accentuated in the face of life's dark clouds. The author breathes wise, hopeful life lessons into her novel with a subtle simplicity sure to touch hearts.
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Perch, Mrs. Sackets, and Crow's Nestby 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.
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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.
MULTIPLE AWARD-WINNING BOOK! Moonbeam Children's Book Awards - Gold Medal; Independent Publisher Awards - Silver Medal; Mom's Choice Awards - Silver Recipient; Children's Crown Award List; NAPPA Honors Book; Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards - Finalist; Benjamin Franklin Awards - Finalist; Midwest Book Awards - Finalist
Meet the Author
KAREN PAVLICIN is an award-winning writer. Perch, Mrs. Sackets, and Crow's Nest is her first children's novel. Karen grew up in rural upstate New York, where the story takes place, and now lives in Minnesota with her family. They have an apple tree in their backyard and a cow dung clock in their kitchen.
Of Perch, Mrs. Sackets, and Crow's Nest, Karen says, “One day I was thinking about my childhood and remembered our summertime ritual of cutting up those tiny, hard apples on Grandma's porch. For the first time I realized that it wasn't about the apples. Grandma was a smart womanshe kept her family all coming back to her porch every summer. At the same time, my son and I were beginning a new phase of our lives and I thought he could use a story about those apples. That's when I created Andy and his summer of courage.”
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Perch, Mrs. Sackets, and Crow's Nest is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.