Another book that I needed to read for my Lit. Group librarians, this novel has received the Schneider Family Book Award. This novel has brought me to tears!!!! Once I read this book, I could not put it down at all, besides it is an easy read compared to the others honestly.
Rose Howard is autistic (main character) and she explains her story throughout in her own eyes and way of thinking. She lives with her father and sees her uncle frequently (sweetest man ever). She loves to mention prime numbers, especially in the number of letters in a word and loves homonyms, which she keeps a long list of them for herself. The title comes from the name of her dog Rain, a dog that her father found and later gave it to her as a gift. Rose decided to name her Rain because it has two homonyms: Rain and Reign. Things start to change and Rose makes choices (she always wants to do the right thing) in which questions her own feelings. If you want to know more about this book and why I cried like a baby, check it out at the library whenever you can!
I started reading this book so I can discuss it during our literature group in April. This year it received its Printz Awards (excellence in literature for Young Adults) and has won many many more. Ms. Nelson has also written another book--The Sky is Everywhere.
The main characters are a set of fraternal twins (Noah and Jude) and have complete opposite personalities which makes it hard for them to connect with each other. Noah is the type that loves to draw and is very shy and Jude is very outgoing and likes to hang out with the popular kids. As they become more exposed to life, the more they both get separated, even when a sudden and horrific tragedy occurs. It is until the end (the last breaking point) where they both start piecing together on what is going on and begin to appreciate each other.
What I really enjoyed about this book is the point of view shown, Noah takes over one chapter when they are both 13 and Jude takes the other at the age of 16 and goes back and forth until the end. Without trying to spoil the plot, I would like to say that the author placed many real life scenarios that kids face nowadays and this will definitely help them cope. Having a sibling relationship can be difficult to maintain but once it is in tact...it is a one of a kind treasure.
Mrs. Shivery: I have been an elementary teacher for 5 years and a high school librarian for 3 years. This is my 3rd year at Indian Ridge and I absolutely love it! I am a BRLA member, Children's Lit Chair, and the Southwest Book Award committee member.