Title: Rain Reign
Author: Ann M. Martin
Page Count: 226
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 homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose's obsessions, her rules, or 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, 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.
Hearts will break and spirits will soar for this powerful story, brilliantly told from Rose's point of view.
"I predict there won't be a better book published this year than Rain Reign-or a more authentic, touching, unforgettable character than Rose Howard." - The Christian Science Monitor
"Readers young and young at heart will gravitate to the latest book from Ann. M. Martin." - Bookish.com
"Absolutely stunning...The story is heartbreaking in part, but Rose is so honest, so compelling, you can't help but run away with her."-Bustle.com
*"There is no fluff here, just sophisticated, emotionally honest storytelling." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*"The plot here is uncontrived, the resolution completely earned, and the style whole-gain simple until it blossoms into a final sentence of homonymic joy." - The Horn Book, starred review.
*"Readers will empathize with Rose, who finds strength and empowerment through her unique way of looking at the world. A first purchase." - School Library Journal, starred review
*"Simplicity, clarity, and emotional resonance are hallmarks of Rose's first-person narrative, which offers and unflinching view of her world from her perspective...A strong story told in a nuanced, highly accessible way." - Booklist, starred review
*"Newberry Honor author Martin is extremely successful in capturing Rose's perspective and personality...Filled with integrity and determination, Rose overcomes significant obstacles in order to do what is right." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
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This is a good book, and it's a cute story. I feel though that there are a lot of books like this and some are better than others. It's a nice story, but the homonyms were driving me crazy. I know (no) it's kind of the whole (hole) point of the story, but every time (thyme) you say a word, there has to be a homonym! Do (Dew) you get my point? I suppose I'm just being picky, but hey! That's how I feel! I just feel like the style of this book wasn't exactly for me.
The Bottom Line: Homonyms EVERYWHERE, but good book none the less.