“Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature Winner, 2010
On the 2011 USBBY Outstanding International Books honor list
2010 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award Nominee
On Resource Links Best Books of 2009 list
2010 OLA Best Bets -Children’s Fiction
Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award 2011
On VOYA’s Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2010 list
Josette Frank Award nominee, by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, 2011
“The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy” picks up the story where “The Nine Lives of Travis Keating” leaves off – but this time, from the perspective of Prinny, Travis’s friend.
An alcoholic mother, a distracted father, a best friend who spends all his time with his new “girlfriend,” and three relentless schoolyard bullies: Prinny Murphy’s past, present, and future certainly are “tense.”
Adding to her misery, she still can’t read well enough to escape from remedial lessons with the dour Mrs. Dooks. But when a kindly substitute teacher introduces her to LaVaughn’s inner-city world in the free verse novel, “Make Lemonade,” Prinny discovers that life can be full of possibilities – and poetry.