"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."
When 10-year-old Andy 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. In a summer filled with family, fishing, friendship, and cow dung, Andy discovers what happens when you mix rotten apples with a little bit of faith.
"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."
Includes a recipe for crow's nest, rules for gin rummy, and a discussion guide.
Multiple award-winning story, including Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Gold, Benjamin Franklin Awards Silver, IPPY Silver, Mom’s Choice Awards Silver, Children’s Crown Award Finalist, NAPPA Honors Book, Book of the Year Awards Finalist, Midwest Book Awards Finalist
Originally printed in hardcover in 2007 as "Perch, Mrs. Sackets, and Crow's Nest" and in paperback in 2014 as "Summer of Courage."
“ … an upbeat, positive story … wise, hopeful … with a subtle simplicity sure to touch hearts.” – School Library Journal
“An enjoyable adventure of discovery … ” – Midwest Book Review
“ … compelling … and woven with rich memories … ” – Stories for Children Magazine