Martin, Ann M Rain Reign 240 pgs, Feiwel & Friends., 2014. $16.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: PG (A dog gets hit by a person).
Rose has high function autism, and there are lots of resources
available to help her, but her single father is stubborn and insists she is ok.
Readers get to know Rose and her quirks; an obsession with homonyms, what happens
when she feels overwhelmed, how important rules are to her, and especially her
love for her dog Rain. Rose’s amazing Uncle and her dog Rain are her best
friends. When a giant superstorm falls on their town, Rain runs away, Rose has
a plan for finding her dog, even if her dad won’t help.
This is a wonderful gateway for readers to glimpse the world of
a student with autism. The story can be harsh and scary and sad, but Rose is
such a unique and strong character that students will find themselves rooting
for her (and hopefully understanding her better). This would make a wonderful
read aloud for an upper elementary class, with a teacher to guide students
through the point of view of Rose. I am having a hard time imagining a student
making it through this book on their own, the constant inclusion of homonyms
could be very off putting for a student reading this without some guidance.
Also there is some violence towards the dog, which could be scary if the
student didn’t have a strong foundation of what’s going on with the characters
and the situation.
EL –ADVISABLE Reviewer:
Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.