Courage for Beginners - Karen Harrington

Mysti Murphy loves stories and creating them. However, her imagination cannot assuage the challenges she faces at home and school: keeping the secret that her mother is agoraphobic has become a greater burden since her dad was hospitalized with a severe head injury; she is relegated to the “loser island” during lunch since her best friend deserted her. However, an unexpected friendship and conquering her own fears provides Mysti with Courage for Beginners (Little, Brown, $17) as she maneuvers the rocky terrains of home and middle school. Karen Harrington packs humor and heart into this rewarding story of family and friendship.  Ages 9-12. MAG