Karen Harrington


"A wrenching and rewarding read!" - Booklist, starred review

"A compelling protagonist." - VOYA, starred review

"My strange story begins inside a story. I really did come into this world believing I was a character in a book. My bed frame broke. My parents fixed it by propping up the broken corner with a whole mess of novels and art books. All the stories and images have seeped into my dreaming brain. I think this is why I'm unusual. Why I often narrate my own life. There are worse things a girl could do with her mind." 


Want to know more? Read The inspiration behind the story - "INTERESTING FAMILIES MAKE INTERESTING PEOPLE...AND CHARACTERS."

* Praise for
Sure Signs of Crazy

- A 2014 Notable Children's Book selection from the Children's Literature Assembly

- A 2014 Bank Street Children's Book Committee Best Book of the Year

- 2013 Parents' Choice Award Winner 

- An Amazon Best Book of the Month; August 2013 

"Don't think this will be a hard sell to readers...for Harrington has created a protagonist who is, in her own way, as clear-eyed, tough-minded, and inspiring as any dystopian hero."—Booklist, starred review

"Sarah Nelson faces her life squarely, with a heroism that makes us cheer for humanity's courage, wit, and guts. You will be glad you journeyed there with her."—Gary D. Schmidt, author of the Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now

* "Sarah is an introspective protagonist whose narrative, interspersed with letters and word definitions, keeps readers absorbed...Secondary characters add interest and texture to this compelling novel."—SLJ, starred review

* "Readers intrigued by the premise of this moving story will sympathize with the plucky protagonist and rejoice in the way her summer works out."—Kirkus, starred review

"An engaging, warm-hearted story. Beautifully written, Harrington creates a fearless and resilient heroine."—Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of the Coretta Scott King Honor book Ninth Ward and Sugar

"Sure Signs of Crazy is knowing, hilarious, and tender. Karen Harrington's character portrait of Sarah Nelson is one for the ages."—Pat Conroy, bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and My Reading Life

"Extraordinary heart."—The Horn Book


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