Monday, February 9, 2015
by Ann M. Martin
Rose Howard has Asperger’s syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms (even her name is a homonym). She gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Rain was a lost dog Rose’s father brought home. Rose and Rain are practically inseparable. And they are often home alone, as Rose’s father spends most evenings at a bar, and doesn’t have much patience for his special-needs daughter.
Just as a storm hits town, 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. Rose will find Rain, but so will Rain’s original owners.
This wonderful novel by Ann M. Martin recently won the Schneider Family Book Award - a high honor. The protagonist Rose, is a young girl with high functioning Asperger's syndrome, and boy did the author nail the voice. At times this well-written novel was difficult for me to read - I could feel the protagonist's pain so deeply. I highly recommend Rain Reign to readers from the ages of eight to twelve, and also to anyone who has a family member or friend who deals with Asperger's.
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