Monday, October 20, 2014

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Rain ReignRose has a form of autism, and she's obsessed with homonyms, prime numbers, and rules. She has an aide at school who helps control her obsessions, not always successfully. She has trouble speaking appropriately around other people; she was kicked off the school bus for distracting the driver about traffic rules. At home, she makes her father crazy with her questions, homonyms, and weekly notes from school. Her father gives her a dog he finds behind a bar, and she names it Rain because of the weather. Rose gets nervous when she hears about a huge hurricane that is coming, but her dad says it won't come near them. However, he's wrong, and Rain disappears when Dad lets her out during the storm. Rose's big heart is up for the challenge.

This book was well-written, and I was able to appreciate the details used to describe Rose's character. Some young readers may not like the constant references to homonyms and prime numbers, but that will make them connect with her dad's frustrations when she does it. Rose is very intelligent, and she is full of innocence and kindness. Her uncle is a wonderful supporting character, because he understands her. The story lets readers inside an autistic mind, but I fear middle grade readers may not have the patience. My suggestion? Give it a try!


  1. I really liked this one, and I suspect many middle grade readers will, too. We'll see.

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  2. Thanks, Sherry. Rose's character can teach many readers a lesson in how to treat others. Although many other characters think her habits are strange and annoying, her rules for life involve being nice and being fair. Nothing wrong with that. Her uncle gets it.

  3. Yes, I would imagine that Rose's obsessions would be much more difficult to deal with in real life than they are in a book. In a book, you can "turn her off" so to speak, but living with her and continuing to appreciate her for herself would be difficult. And it would teach me a lesson in patience and love.


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