Author: Leslie Connor
Genres: Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction
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.
When Perry moves to the “outside” world, he feels trapped. Desperate to be reunited with his mom, Perry goes on a quest for answers about her past crime. As he gets closer to the truth, he will discover that love makes people resilient no matter where they come from… but can he find a way to tell everyone what home truly means?
While the story itself isn’t the most plausible, the author did a fairly good job making a heavy topic accessible. Important themes are covered, such as hope, family, empathy and forgiveness. The book was told from both Perry’s and his mother’s points of views, which helped tell a fuller story, but I found this distracting as the first person would be used in Perry’s chapters and the third person in his mother’s. The book was also fairly predictable in parts. That being said, I still enjoyed reading the book.