Monday, December 15, 2014

Rain Reign

 Cover image for Rain reign
Rain Reign
By Ann Martin
Feiwel and Friends, 2014. Fiction, 226 p.

Rose is a 5th grade girl who has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. She has an aid at school and an uncle that are very kind and patient with her fixation on rule keeping and homonyms, but her father gets frustrated that Rose is not "normal."  At home, her main comfort is her dog, Rain, which her father found in a storm and gave to his daughter.  When Hurricane Susan hits Rose's town, Rain comes up missing. Desperate to find her beloved dog, Rose begins an extensive and systematic search that leads to more questions, and answers, for the brave and sympathetic little girl.  This book is getting starred reviews everywhere and is probably a major contender for this year's Newbery award.  Parents should know that the book contains some profanity and emotionally difficult situations.  Parents might want to read this book first before giving it to a sensitive child.

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