Thursday, January 8, 2015

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin –ADVISABLE

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.

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