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Hurricane Child

Hurricane Child

Book - 2018 | First edition
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Born on Water Island in the Virgin Islands during a hurricane, which is considered bad luck, twelve-year-old Caroline falls in love with another girl--and together they set out in a hurricane to find Caroline's missing mother.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781338129304
1338129309
Call Number: j CALLENDER 2018
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 22 cm

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(Gr 4-6) Born on Water Island in the Virgin Islands during a hurricane, which is considered bad luck, twelve-year-old Caroline falls in love with another girl--and together they set out in a hurricane to find Caroline's missing mother.

Stonewall Book Award. (One of two this year!)


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KyCCL Aug 08, 2020

Since her mum left, Caroline has been trying to work out who she is. Who her friends are, how she and her father should be getting on with their lives, and how to deal with her teachers and classmates at school. Then Kalinda arrives at school, and Caroline has another person to deal with.

IndyPL_SarahL May 21, 2020

This is a dark and heavy middle grade read about a little girl going through a lot: poverty, oppression, sexual identity, abandonment, suicide, spirituality, severe bullying, and that's just scratching the surface. I'd recommend this for older middle graders with support, but it is meaningful and beautifully written. It's a touch spooky as well, which makes it all the more engaging.

A quick read, but that doesn't make it any less important! So much is represented here that isn't often included in middle grade or YA. Callendar captures the voices and the setting so well--the emotions spill off the page.

OPL_KrisC Oct 10, 2018

A complex and moving portrayal of a young black girl from the Caribbean who is struggling with the fact that her mother is gone. It's about grief, love, family and bullying just to name a few. Contains lots of issues that I think kids could connect with.

CMLibrary_vbright Aug 29, 2018

Caroline lives a solitary life. She has no friends. Her mother has left their home and her father doesn’t seem to understand her. To top it off, she can see spirits. In the water. At her school. Following her. When a new student, Kalinda, arrives, and reveals that she sees the spirits too, Caroline’s life begins to change. She makes her first friend. She picks up the trail of her missing mother. And she falls in love.

Set in the Virgin Islands, Callender’s work weaves these plots together in a subtle and, at times, lyrical way which makes it easy to connect with young Caroline as she navigates the turbulence of her life. The book also doesn’t shy away from harsh subjects such as homophobia and the questioning of faith/religion. Altogether, a refreshing but poignant read.

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Jul 16, 2018

This book is so great! It's got everything: complex family relationships explored in detail, people negotiating their own and others' mental health, mean girls in middle school, preteens discovering things about themselves, first crushes, ghosts, adventures in a hurricane. Emotional, at turns tense and nostalgic, it made me feel twelve again in all the best and worst ways. I definitely recommend it for any middle grade reader.

And if you're on the lookout for books set in the Caribbean, books that feature kids of color as main characters, and/or books with girls exploring same-gender romance/attraction, written by an author from those backgrounds, this is it, add it to your lists!

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OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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