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Rain Reign

Rain Reign

Ann M. Martin

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From Newbery Honor author Ann M. Martin, who wrote the Baby-sitters Club series, comes a New York Times-bestselling middle grade novel about a girl, her dog, and the trials of growing up in a complicated and often scary world.

Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She's thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose's rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose's obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different—not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father.

When a storm hits their rural town, rivers overflow, the roads are flooded, and Rain goes missing. Rose's father shouldn't have let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search.


“A story about honorable living in the autistic narrator genre that sets the bar high. . . . Martin has penned a riveting, seamless narrative in which each word sings and each scene counts.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

This title has Common Core connections.

Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice A. ML, Bank Street/Josette Frank Award, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, Missouri Mark Twain Award, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, School Library Best Books of the Year, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature (Women's National Book Association), CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year, NCSS-CBC NotableTrade-Soc.Stdy, Schneider Family Book Award, CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award, ALA Notable Children's Books, NCTE Notable Child. Bks in Lang. A, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, NYTBR Notable Children's BOTY, Amazon.com Best Books of the Year

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Who I Am—A Girl Named Rose (Rows)



I am Rose Howard and my first name has a homonym. To be accurate, it has a homophone, which is a word that's pronounced the same as another word but spelled differently....

Praise for Rain Reign

“Newbery Honor author Martin (A Corner of the Universe) is extremely successful in capturing Rose's perspective and personality.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A story about honorable living in the autistic narrator genre that sets the bar high. . . . Martin has penned a riveting, seamless narrative in which each word sings and each scene counts.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Simplicity, clarity, and emotional resonance are hallmarks of Rose's first-person narrative, which offers an unflinching view of her world from her perspective . . . A strong story told in a nuanced, highly accessible way.” —Booklist, starred review

“Anna M. Martin, a Newberry Honor winner, offers this affecting, elegantly burnished middle-grade book about a girl with autism. . . . And yet the book isn't actually about autism, or even any coming-of-age theme. It's about love and fealty, fear, hope, the release from burdens, and what kids–all kids–need but often don't get.” –The New York Times Sunday Book Review

“Though Rose's story is often heartbreaking, her matter-of-fact narration provides moments of humor. Readers will empathize with Rose, who finds strength and empowerment through her unique way of looking at the world.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“Rose is a character we root for every step of the way. She is resilient, honest, and, in her own odd way, very perceptive; a most reliable narrator.” —The Horn Book,… More…

“Newbery Honor author Martin (A Corner of the Universe) is extremely successful in capturing Rose's perspective and personality.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A story about honorable living in the autistic narrator genre that sets the bar high. . . . Martin has penned a riveting, seamless narrative in which each word sings and each scene counts.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Simplicity, clarity, and emotional resonance are hallmarks of Rose's first-person narrative, which offers an unflinching view of her world from her perspective . . . A strong story told in a nuanced, highly accessible way.” —Booklist, starred review

“Anna M. Martin, a Newberry Honor winner, offers this affecting, elegantly burnished middle-grade book about a girl with autism. . . . And yet the book isn't actually about autism, or even any coming-of-age theme. It's about love and fealty, fear, hope, the release from burdens, and what kids–all kids–need but often don't get.” –The New York Times Sunday Book Review

“Though Rose's story is often heartbreaking, her matter-of-fact narration provides moments of humor. Readers will empathize with Rose, who finds strength and empowerment through her unique way of looking at the world.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“Rose is a character we root for every step of the way. She is resilient, honest, and, in her own odd way, very perceptive; a most reliable narrator.” —The Horn Book, starred review

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Ann M. Martin

Ann M. Martin is the author of Ten Rules for Living with My Sister, Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life, and Everything for a Dog, and Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure. She won a Newbery Honor Award for A Corner of the Universe, and is the author of the beloved Baby-sitters Club series. She lives in upstate New York.

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