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Title:
Courage for beginners / by Karen Harrington.
ISBN:
9780316210461
Edition:
First paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.

©2015
Physical Description:
289, [21] pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
Originally published in hardcover in August 2014 by Little, Brown and Company.

Includes author's note ; and also excerpt from 'Sure signs of crazy'.
Abstract:
"Twelve-year-old Mysti Murphy of Texas wishes she were a character in a book. If her life were fiction, she'd know how to solve her problems at school; take care of her family when her dad has to spend time in the hospital; and deal with her family's secret: that her mother is agoraphobic and never leaves the house"-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

Twelve-year-old Mysti Murphy wishes she were a character in a book. If her life were fictional, she'd magically know how to deal with the fact that her best friend, Anibal Gomez, has abandoned her in favor of being a "hipster." She'd be able to take care of everyone when her dad has to spend time in the hospital. And she'd certainly be able to change her family's secret.
Seventh grade is not turning out the way Mysti had planned. With the help of a hot-hair balloon, her new friend Rama Khan--and maybe even the heroes of the Texas Revolution--can she find the courage to change?


Author Notes

Karen Harrington was born in Texas, where she still lives with her husband and children. She is the author of Sure Signs of Crazy and Courage for Beginners .


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Mysti Murphy has to brave at least three major trials at the onset of seventh grade. The first is having an agoraphobic mother, who never leaves the house even to chauffeur her children to classmates' houses or extracurricular activities. The second is losing her only friend, Anibal, who has "decided to be a hipster this year" to pursue a girl and wants to avoid publicly associating with Mysti. The third obstacle is the most difficult of all, when her father falls from a tree and is hospitalized. Now Mysti must find a way to be strong and responsible while her mother becomes sadder and more withdrawn. Harrington's (Sure Signs of Crazy) portrait of a resourceful girl weathering transitions and finding creative solutions offers an even balance of humor and painful topics relevant to middle-school readers. The way Mysti views her life, as though she's a character in a novel ("Here we see a girl washing green beans, extracting melons, and contemplating the true meaning of friendship"), provides a fresh perspective on her thought process, environment, and yearnings. Ages 8-12. Agent: Julia Kenny, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.