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Karen Harrington

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Karen Harrington is a former corporate speechwriter and the author of three novels. Her first published novel for young readers, Sure Signs of Crazy, received four starred reviews. Best-selling author Pat Conroy called it, “Hilarious, tender and knowing…one for the ages.” Sure Signs of Crazy was also a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the year, a 2014 Notable Children’s Book selection from the Children’s Literature Assembly and a 2014 Bank Street Children’s Book Committee Best Book of the Year. Both Sure Signs of Crazy and her second middle-grade novel, Courage for Beginners, which received starred reviews from VOYA and Booklist, were named to the 2015-2016 Spirit of Texas State Reading list. Her third middle-grade novel, Mayday, will be release

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I am so excited because I just received the final proof pages for MAYDAY, out next May from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. It's been about five or six weeks since I last read this book so I'm hoping it will be new and fresh during this final read. I love this story. It's about a young boy who struggles to find his voice - literally and metaphorically - after he's injured... Read more of this blog post »
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“How you can already miss someone when you are in the same room with them, I have no idea. But I do.”
Karen Harrington, Sure Signs of Crazy

“There's the parent you want and the parent you have.”
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“Personally, I would rather have a boy notice the book I was reading and tell me he liked it, too. That seems like a better sign of caring about someone than a kiss some French guy invented.”
Karen Harrington, Sure Signs of Crazy


The Newbery awards are just around the corner. It's time to decide what we will read for our last book of the month in 2013.

What book should we read in December?

You may write in titles, provided the book is a 2014 Newbery contender and already published.

  15 votes 25.9%

  12 votes 20.7%

  9 votes 15.5%

  8 votes 13.8%

  6 votes 10.3%

courage has no color (write-in)
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paperboy (write-in)
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Flora & Ulysses (write-in)
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message 16: by Sandra

Sandra Thanks for friending me! :)

message 15: by Roxanne

Roxanne Hi Karen. Thanks for adding me as a friend. It's always nice to meet another writer.

message 14: by Melissa

Melissa Santangelo Thanks for being a friend.
I will be featured on The Authors Radio Show all day tomorrow at http://www.theauthorsshow.com and my book will be $5.00 tomorrow only at http://www.thekeytolifeisbalance.com.
Many Blessings!
Melissa Stone

message 12: by Kate

Kate thanks Karen. I'll be interested in hearing what you think. I've added your book to my to-read list.


message 11: by Anna

Anna Hey, Karen!

Thanks for the comment and for befriending me back! I really like your blog and congrats on the debut novel...I'm adding it to my "to-read" list.

And don't sell yourself short on the comedy...cracking labs up is no small feat. (They are a notoriously tough room.)

Take care...

:^) Anna

message 10: by Tony

Tony Hey Karen,

Just got Janeology in the mail. I plan on starting it in a couple of days.


Eugene Hi Karen! It is my pleasure to meet you, and i wish you peace and inspiration always.

Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* hi karen! thanx 4 accepting my friend request. i'm brigid, and i'm fifteen. i love 2 read, and I also write a lot. i've only written one book so far, but haven't had any luck when it comes to publishing. i'm working on like four other novels write now. if u ever have advice for young writers, i'm here :)

Jeremy I want to apologize for the all the recommendations from me yesterday. I wanted to share the Stoker Award news, and I only pressed the send button once--I'm not sure what happened to create so many messages. Some weird glitch.

Argh...this is terrible...

Again, I'm very sorry.


Jeremy Here’s wishing you a nifty New Year filled with noiseless noses, neato nicknames, noble Nebraskans, gnarly narcoleptic nebulas, and novel novels about nut-eating narwhals and novercaphobic gnats.

-Jeremy :)

P.S.—I’m currently offering autographed/personally-inscribed copies of my novel, Vacation, with free shipping for those in the US. If there’s anything you could do to help me spread the word about this, I’d really appreciate it. Feel free to click here for details:

Jeremy Hi Karen!

Here’s wishing you a yippee-filled Yuletime overflowing with yard-long yams, yapping yoyo-yanking yetis, yak-milk yeast-cakes, and yellow yarn-yielding year-end yard-gnomes.

-Jeremy :)

Jeremy Hi Karen!

If you don't mind sharing--I was wondering, what's your favorite book of all time?

Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with wacky whims, wonderful weirdness, and well-disposed werecats.

-Jeremy :)

message 3: by Daniel (last edited Nov 23, 2007 07:03AM)

Karen, I've added Janeology to my to-read list.

message 2: by Andie

Andie Thanks for being my friend, Karen. Seems like I have to find the Janeology. :) Keep on writing, ok !

Jeremy Thanks for the friendship, Karen! Here’s wishing you a fantastic day filled with fabulous fates, fanciful festivities, and frolicking phantom footstools. :)

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