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Macmillan Children's Book

The Breaking News

Author: Sarah Lynne Reul

The Breaking News

The Breaking News


About This Book

A young girl tries her hardest to respond to devastating news as compassionately and empathetically as possible in this charming debut picture book.
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When devastating news rattles a young girl's community, her normally attentive parents and neighbors are suddenly exhausted and distracted. At school, her teacher tells the class to look for the helpers—the good people working to make things better in big and small ways. She wants more than anything to help in a BIG way, but maybe she can start with one small act of kindness instead . . . and then another, and another.Small things can compound, after all, to make a world of difference.

The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul touches on themes of community, resilience, and optimism with an authenticity that will resonate with readers young and old.

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Roaring Brook Press



In The News

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Picture Books of 2018 selection

"Featuring a multi-ethnic neighborhood of individuals connected—for better or worse—through their shared disquiet, this is a wise and timely book." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

A “timely text” with “emotions...sensitively portrayed throughout... Affirming the resilience that can result when small acts are focused on community.” - The New York Times

"This take on post-tragedy response delicately blends respect for sadness and the magnitude of tragedy with an actionable focus on the value of “one small thing” as a response." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The ambiguous nature of the circumstances makes [The Breaking News] appropriate for many situations children face in today’s never-ending news cycle. An absolute-must for...libraries." - School Library Journal

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The Breaking News

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