Author, Leslie Connor (2016). Born and raised in a prison where is mother is incarcerated, Perry T. Cook is taken to live with a foster family, where he feels trapped and out of place, and works to find a way to be reunited with his mother.
Grades 5-8 Life changes completely for 11-year-old Perry after a crusading district attorney removes him from his mother’s care and the only home he has ever known, the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility. When a class project leads Perry to explore the inmates’ stories, he realizes that his mother’s manslaughter conviction is based on a cover-up, and he is determined to get to the truth. Connor (Waiting for Normal, 2008) has created an unusual story about an empowered kid in a situation rarely explored in middle-grade fiction, though her author’s note indicates that many correctional facilities do, in fact, have nurseries for incarcerated mothers. While a few problematic moments arise with the writing—the plot contains too many fortuitous coincidences, and the shifting point of view occasionally calls the intended audience into question—this book offers a different kind of diversity story that is important for kids to find on the shelf. -- Welch, Cindy (Reviewed 2/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 11)