Summertime is normally associated with hot, steamy weather, ice cream, and swimming. But it’s also a great time to keep cool inside to read and write. Here is my first of many picture book (PB) to middle grade (MG) or young adult (YA) novel recommendations. The following is a MG novel.
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin, Newberry Honor Author: A heartwarming and insightful look into the mind and life of Rose Howard a middle-grader with OCD, Asperger’s syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms. Rose’s life centers around school and her learning difficulties. Her highest priority is her dog, Rain, who her single father brings home during a rainstorm. But Rose’s life is turned upside down when Rain goes missing in a heart-pounding rain storm. Now Rose can think of nothing else but to find her beloved dog Rain and restore order to her shattered life.
The character of Rose is strong and someone we become intrigued and concerned about immediately.
Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1ixz0z6W4A
I give this book 4 out of 5 “Greats!”