Saturday, August 27, 2016

Walking and Listening to "All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook"

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook  by Leslie Connor. Harper Audio, 9 hours, 42 minutes, 2016 

Perry has spent his entire life in the Blue River Correctional Facility, which is kinda shocking since he is only 11 years old. His mother was imprisoned before Perry was born and he has been there ever since. When a new the district attorney arrives in Butler County and discovers that Perry has been living there, he forces him to leave the only home he has ever known. Perry's life outside of prison isn't easy, he is homesick, desperate to reunite with his mother and is counting down to her upcoming parole hearing. As Perry begins his research for his "Coming to Butler County" assignment he decides he needs to tell the stories of his Blue River family (I dare you not to sing Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story from Hamilton when Perry talks about telling their stories). In doing so, he finally gets to hear his mother's story. Something about her story doesn't sit right with Perry and he will do all he can to figure out the truth and be reunited with his mother, even if it means turning to those who have hurt him in the past.

There are two narrators telling us Perry and his mother Jessica's story, Michael Crouch and Kathleen McInerney. Both do a wonderful job conveying the joy, sadness, anger and hope that Perry and his mother feel throughout their journey. I loved every minute of this book and listening to it made my long hot walks enjoyable.

Needing to stay late at work one day, I decided to take a walk in the neighborhood close to school. As I was walking off campus, I past the lily pond and couldn't help but stop and take a picture of the lily.

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