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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Harrington Narrator: Cassandra Morris Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9781478900481
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Not every person responds to words the same way. Some words are trouble words …

I should know.

You’ve never met anyone exactly like twelve-year-old Sarah Nelson. While most of her friends obsess over Harry Potter, she spends her time writing letters to Atticus Finch. She collects trouble words in her diary. Her best friend is a plant. And she has never known her mother, who has lived in a mental institution since Sarah was two.

Sarah and her dad have spent the last decade moving from one small Texas town to another, and not one has felt like home … until now.

Everything changes when Sarah launches an investigation into her family’s Big Secret. She makes unexpected new friends and has her first real crush, and instead of a “typical boring Sarah Nelson summer,” this one might just turn out to be extraordinary.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Sure Signs of Crazy is knowing, hilarious, and tender. Karen Harrington’s character portrait of Sarah Nelson is one for the ages.”

    Pat Conroy, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Sarah Nelson faces her life squarely, with a heroism that makes us cheer for humanity’s courage, wit, and guts. Hers is a compelling journey that takes us into that most fragile place: hope. You will be glad you journeyed there with her.”

    Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor-winning author

  • “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)

  • “The horrific premise is not belabored, and the focus remains on the plight of a girl juggling the normal challenges of adolescence with a complex family situation…A compelling novel.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Extraordinary heart.”

    Horn Book

  • “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 Reviews (starred review)

  • “Sarah’s first person narrative is clear, strong, humorous, and honest, despite the complexity of the challenges she faces. Readers who enjoy realistic fiction and exploring the complexities of human relationships will enjoy Sarah’s compelling quest for hope.”


  • “Harrington has crafted a humorous, thoughtful, and insightful middle-grade novel. Sarah is an authentic tween, at times witty, angry, kind, fearful, and determined to get the more detailed information she needs about her mother. The adult characters are likewise genuine. Her father knows he is using alcohol to fight his shame, grief, and loneliness. When sober, he is a decent dad who is trying his best. Readers may well end up rooting for him as well as for the plucky Sarah.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Narrator Cassandra Morris offers a flawless portrayal of a perceptive twelve-year-old protagonist who is trying to come to terms with her mother’s illness, actions, and absence. Morris’ high pitch and unrushed narration capture the youthful innocence and contemplations of Sarah Nelson…Morris’ lilting intonations highlight Sarah’s intelligence and curiosity, bringing out Sarah’s determination and optimism. Morris’ stirring performance deftly complements this enticing story, making for a moving YA listening experience. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2015 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Nominee
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick for July 2014
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About the Author
Karen Harrington was born in Texas, where she still lives with her husband and children. She is the author of Sure Signs of Crazy and Courage for Beginners. You can visit her karenharringtonbooks.com.
About the Narrator

Cassandra Morris has received critical acclaim for her voice-over work from Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine. To date, she has narrated over one hundred audiobooks, earned eleven Earphones Awards, and twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her voice has also been heard on television in commercial campaigns for Samsung, Silk Soy Milk, and numerous Nickelodeon and Disney products. She is the voice of many cartoon characters, including Leo and Luna in Yu-Gi-Oh, Carrie in Barbie: A Fairy Secret, Nathan in Pokémon, and Lola in Angelo Rules.