Rain Reign

Rain Reign

Book - 2014
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Struggling with Asperger's syndrome, Rose Howard shares a bond with her dog, Rain, but when the dog goes missing, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels to search for her pet.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312643003
Branch Call Number: j MARTIN 2014
Characteristics: 226 pages ; 22 cm


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(Gr 4-6) Rose loves homonyms, words that sound alike but have different spellings or meanings. She also loves routines. It helps keep her calm and manage her Asperger's Syndrome. But when her beloved dog Rain (Reign) is lost in a storm, Rose risks everything to find him.

Fifth grader Rose loves homonyms, routine and rules. When her dog becomes lost during a storm, Rose puts aside her need for order.

I know, I know...we don't need another children's book about a kid and a dog, but this kid character is really into homophones, and now I am, too! Read, reed, rede! Write, rite, right!? - Jeanie

multcolib_ednak Aug 17, 2015

I hate it when a writer puts little kids in danger, but I got to admit Ann Martin makes a good story of it.

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Jul 21, 2018

This was a great (grate) read (reed) and will appeal to kids who love dogs and especially those who love words and patterns like Rose (rows) does. Would make a delightful read (reed) aloud in a classroom and an opportunity for the listeners to spell out the homonyms that Rose finds in the book.

Nov 30, 2017

If you're a sucker for a tender story about the bond between a dog and owner then this is a great one to consider! Not only will this book quickly pull at your heartstrings but it also provides great insight into what it can be like to be a child with Aspergers.

Oct 18, 2017

I am a longtime fan of Ann M. Martin, and I consider Rain Reign one of her best books. Martin's writing is clear and concise, and her characters are vivid, realistic, and relatable. Autism is a topic that is close to Martin's heart, and she writes about it with sensitivity and a great deal of background knowledge.

This book is often compared to Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I find Martin's book superior to Haddon's in many ways: it is better researched, more realistic, and more enjoyable.

CRRLKids Aug 04, 2017

A tender read, Rain Reign is a great story for tweens exploring their own identity and exploring how to be themselves without the fear of being ridiculed or shunned for what makes them who they are. Rose's love of homonyms at times seemed like borderline obsession, but finding the right person, in this case her uncle, who encouraged he quirky interest, sparked a lot of self-confidence and enthusiasm to be herself. Also a great read for those with autism or those who would like to learn more about living with autism.

Jun 29, 2017

I like homonyms, but not as much as Rose Howard! Rose is eleven and has high-functioning autism. In addition to homonyms, she enjoys prime numbers and rules. Her teachers, classmates, and her own father just do not understand her. The only ones who do are her Uncle Weldon and her dog Rain.

As I read this book, I felt many emotions, from sadness, anxiety, and anger to happiness. There were many times throughout the book that I really wanted to punch Rose’s father. I also found myself wanting to hug her, because even though her home life was terrible, she perservered and ended up making a very brave and selfless decision!

I would recommend Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin to anyone! I feel that the author does a phenomenal job a writing from the perspective of a tween on the autism spectrum. Readers will find themselves cheering for Rose as she struggles to understand a quite confusing world.

JCLAngelicaR Jun 23, 2017

Hey, Rose Howard, you are my hero!

It's not easy to fight for truth.
It's not easy to step out of your comfort zone.
You've done both with a triumph!
Good for you, Rose!
Thank you for sharing your story with me.
I'm very proud of you.

Your reader *☺*

Jun 21, 2017

I cried!!!😭😭

ArapahoeKati Mar 28, 2017

I read this in a single afternoon. I thought Rain was a well-drawn character and her Aspberger's was very well-portrayed. Highly recommend for fans of "Wonder."

Dec 09, 2016

I was extremely disappointed in this book. I grew up reading Ann M. Martin and assumed I'd absolutely love this story. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

Because this book is told from the point of view of a high functioning autistic child, the other characters were stunted. The main character's inability to read people and understand the complexities of their individual character traits translated to flat, unlikable characters.

I also felt that parts of the plot felt a bit contrived and forced. I wouldn't recommend this book.

Oct 03, 2015

Oh my gosh! This is the BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST book I ever read! It's SO, SO good!!! I LOVE LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!

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