All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

By Leslie Connor

Plot: Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth—and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home.

Writing: This story is cute at some points and sad at others. The writing made sense and wove a great story. Very descriptive.

Age Level: I would recommend this to people ages 10-14. Includes mature topics relating to the crimes some of Perry’s friends had committed, but other than that it was a great story.

Overall: It was eye-opening to read what goes on in a correctional facility such as Blue River, and shocking to see how our perception of criminals varies from most of the people imprisoned. This book was interesting and kept me hooked.

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

By Stacy McAnulty

Plot: When Lucy Callahan is struck by lightning, she receives the ability to calculate complicated math problems in her head, lightning fast. Lucy is so smart, she had the chance to go to college at twelve years old! Unfortunately, her grandmother decides to put her through the ultimate trial first: middle school.

Writing: This story has a fun mood to it, and the characters are all well-developed and lovable. The plot is interesting and the writing is descriptive.

Age Level: Kids around the ages of 11-14 would enjoy this book. Not too many complicated words or sentences or mature topics.

Overall: This book highlights the issues people with differences have and how to resolve those issues for yourself. I loved this book and most likely you will too.