"If you can read, you'll love this book."
This is the claim on the front cover and it is so true as are the words in the quotes below.
I have wanted to read Rain Reign for months so I was excited on Friday when it was returned by the student who donated it to our school library. I wonder if she read it? I certainly did. I read this whole book in one sitting very late into the night.
Rose is a very special girl. She lives with her Dad but she needs to be careful of his moods and temper. One night he brings home a stray dog. Rose names him Rain because it is raining when he arrives and because Rose loves homonyms. Rain, reign and rein.
"I am the only student in my class who's interested in homonyms. ... Homonyms can be surprising and fun, and that's why I started a list of them."
Rose relies on routines and rules. She loves her dog Rain and her wonderful uncle Weldon who lives on the other side of their town but the balance of her life changes with the arrival of Hurricane Susan.
"In our yard two trees have fallen, the birch and the elm... the water is so deep that it's flowed over its banks and flooded both the road and the lower part of our yard. ...I turn around wondering whether it's okay to wake my father... I'm about to knock on his door when I realize that I haven't seen (scene) Rain."
This is a heart-breaking and affirming story. Ann M Martin has written a wonderful book. Rose is a truly memorable and special girl. I give this book ten out of ten.
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You might also enjoy So. Be. It., Wonder, Rules by Cynthia Lord, My life as an alphabet, Counting by 7s and Looking for X by Deborah Ellis.
Rain is a wonderful friend to Rose. If you love books about dogs you could try Because of Winn Dixie, One dog and his boy and Shiloh.
What Martin has created here is an impeccable character study of a kid who sees the world a bit differently than most, and masterfully shows how those around her are affected by her uniquenesses.