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about MAYDAY?




Seventh-grader Wayne Kovok lives in the world of AFTER. After his uncle was killed overseas while serving in the army. After Wayne and his mom survived a plane crash while coming back from the funeral. And after he lost his ability to speak. Now, how will he stand up to his super patriotic grandfather? And how will he speak the truth of his disappointments and dreams to his deadbeat dad? 

It's not until he loses his voice that Wayne realizes how much he doesn't say out loud. Read MAYDAY by Karen Harrington today!


          "A fine character-driven tale that slowly grows to a               crescendo of satisfaction." - Kirkus, starred review  


       "A compelling exploration of life after a disaster." -              Publishers Weekly, starred review                           






Karen's latest flash fiction piece "Who will miss you, Martin?" appears at Mystery Tribune

Short fiction, "Boo Radley College Prep" in the January/February 2021 edition of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Can you relate to being the overlooked middle-child? Read a flash fiction piece by Karen in the January 14, 2021 online edtion of SHOTGUN HONEY


Karen was selected as a contest judge for the 2021 Texas Institute of Letters Best Young Adult Book prize! 

There's now a German language edition of COURAGE FOR BEGINNERS! 


Karen's screenplay for MAYDAY wins an Honorable Mention at the 88th             Annual Writers Digest Writing Competition


Read PARADE MAGAZINE'S article on MAYDAY, family history and 



MAYDAY is a Kirkus Best Middle Grade Book of 2016 and an AIR &                   SPACE magazine Best Children's Book of 2016!


MAYDAY named to the 2017-2018 Texas Lone Star Reading list, the                     2017 Maine Student Book Award List, the Georgia Children's Book 

Award List and the 2017-2018 Dorothy Canfield Fisher List. 


COURAGE FOR BEGINNERS named to three 2016-2017 state reading                 lists, including the William Allen White Children's Award,  the                             Magnolia Book Awards and the Oregon Battle of the Book list.      



"Wayne [MAYDAY] is an appealing protagonist with a strong voice. A well-done book on all levels." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"MAYDAY applies to anyone who has ever felt like an outcast and wishes to become someone with a sense of pride." Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

"Sure Signs of Crazy's Sarah Nelson faces life squarely. Hers is a compelling journey that takes us into that most fragile place: Hope. You will be glad you journeyed there with her."-  Newbery Honor-Winning author, Gary D. Schmidt


"[A] beautifully written story...This is the kind of book that stays with you." (Library Media Connection, starred review, Sure Signs of Crazy


"Although her situation is difficult, Sarah is resilient and hopeful."- (Kirkus, starred review, Sure Signs of Crazy)


"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.


* "[Mysti's] wickedly good schemes to get even with Anibal and her courageous solutions to family crises will make her a compelling protagonist for sophisticated young readers." (VOYA, starred review, Courage for Beginners)


"A wrenching and rewarding read." (Booklist, starred review, Courage for Beginners)


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