Connor, Leslie. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook. New York: Harper Collins, 2016.
Perry Cook is just like any other middle school student, except for one thing: his mom is in jail, and he lives there with her. The rezzes at Blue River Co-Ed Correctional Facility are like his family, and nobody questions the unorthodox living arrangements until one day Perry is told he must leave the prison and live with a foster family. When Perry decides to interview the residents of Blue River to find out their "coming to Butler County" stories for a class project, he quickly realizes that there is much, much more to his mother's story than she has ever let on. Will he be able to save her and right a wrong that should never have happened? A charming story filled with heart, the story gives students a unique look into the prison system and humanizes the prisoners, taking care to explore their stories without judgment. A great middle-grade chapter book.