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Shouting at the Rain



by
Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Nancy Paulsen
ISBN
9780399175152

Awards and Honors
2019 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion
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JLG Category

PG Middle Plus

Delsie loves tracking the weather—lately, though, it seems the squalls are in her own life. She’s always lived with her kindhearted Grammy, but now she’s looking at their life with new eyes and wishing she could have a “regular family.” Delsie observes other changes in the air, too—the most painful being a friend who’s outgrown her. Luckily, she has neighbors with strong shoulders to support her, and Ronan, a new friend who is caring and courageous but also troubled by the losses he’s endured. As Ronan and Delsie traipse around Cape Cod on their adventures, they both learn what it means to be angry versus sad, broken versus whole, and abandoned versus loved. And that, together, they can weather any storm.

Author’s note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

[Fic]

AR

3.7: points 7

Lexile

HL560L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

14

JLG Release

Sep 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Grandmothers. Family life. Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Friendship. Neighborliness. Weather. Social issues. Emotions and feelings. Summer.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Publishers Weekly

Horn Book

Delsie, who lives with her grandmother on Cape Cod, is excited for the return of her summer friend, Brandy, whose family stays at the hotel where Grandma works. However, this year brings changes: Brandy starts hanging out with mean-girl Tressa, while Delsie befriends newcomer Ronan. Delsie, who has a passion for weather phenomena and going barefoot, teaches Ronan about clamming, crab cakes, and other joys of Cape life; their slow-build friendship is realistic and enjoyable. At the same time, she begins to push her grandmother for details about the mother who abandoned Delsie years ago. Delsie is an engaging protagonist, simultaneously stubborn and uncertain, independent-minded without forced quirkiness. Hunt’s depiction of class conflict in a vacation destination is matter of fact, with money woes serving not as plot points but as part of the setting (a friend’s family is temporarily evicted so their landlord can rent to visitors). The writing is vivid and child-friendly (“telling Ronan to stay away from a dare is like telling a seagull to stay away from a French fry”), and although the narrative metaphors may be a bit excessive (a production of Annie and a beached seal calf both connect to Delsie’s missing mother), the plot is strong overall, with a satisfy¬ingly imperfect resolution to the many conflicts.

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Delsie, who lives with her grandmother on Cape Cod, is excited for the return of her summer friend, Brandy, whose family stays at the hotel where Grandma works. However, this year brings changes: Brandy starts hanging out with mean-girl Tressa, while Delsie befriends newcomer Ronan. Delsie, who has a passion for weather phenomena and going barefoot, teaches Ronan about clamming, crab cakes, and other joys of Cape life; their slow-build friendship is realistic and enjoyable. At the same time, she begins to push her grandmother for details about the mother who abandoned Delsie years ago. Delsie is an engaging protagonist, simultaneously stubborn and uncertain, independent-minded without forced quirkiness. Hunt’s depiction of class conflict in a vacation destination is matter of fact, with money woes serving not as plot points but as part of the setting (a friend’s family is temporarily evicted so their landlord can rent to visitors). The writing is vivid and child-friendly (“telling Ronan to stay away from a dare is like telling a seagull to stay away from a French fry”), and although the narrative metaphors may be a bit excessive (a production of Annie and a beached seal calf both connect to Delsie’s missing mother), the plot is strong overall, with a satisfy¬ingly imperfect resolution to the many conflicts.

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