Grades 5 – 7, 240 pgs.
Winner of multiple awards in the Middle Grade category including SLJ Best Books 2014, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014, Booklist Editors’ Choice 2014, and ALA Notable Books for Children 2015
A remarkable and highly perceptive girl, Rose, has high functioning autism and other important issues to face in her young life. Rose loves homonyms and homophones which only frustrate her father who struggles to understand his daughter. He falls short, period. A dog comes to live, bringing the sweetness and love she needs, and she calls him Rain (reign, rein). Then there’s Uncle Weldon, her father’s brother. Thankfully, he does understand Rose, but it is fragile, at best, holding it all together. Then the hurricane breaks, and Rain disappears. You, of course, will have to read the book, because it’s more heart-wrenching and more complicated than you’d suppose. This is a worthwhile read for anyone.