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Ways to Make Sunshine

By: Renée Watson

Ryan Hart loves to spend time with her friends, loves to invent recipies, and has a lot on her mind—school, self-image, and family. Her dad finally has a new job, but money is tight. That means changes like selling their second car and moving into a new (old) house. But Ryan is a girl who knows how to make sunshine out of setbacks. Because Ryan is all about trying to see the best. Even when things aren’t all she would wish for—her brother is infuriating, her parents don’t understand, when her recipies don’t turn out right, and when the unexpected occurs—she can find a way forward, with wit and plenty of sunshine.

Newbery Honor- and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Renée Watson was inspired to write her own version of Ramona, starring a Black girl and her family, in this charming new series.

Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9781547600564

JLG Release: Aug 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Family life , Portland, Oregon , Schools , African Americans , Moving households

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In this first installment in a contemporary realistic African American middle grade series, Ryan Hart’s family must relocate to another part of Portland, OR, because her dad isn’t making as much money as he once did. Ryan is young girl confident in her gifts; she especially loves to cook. She is also capable of standing up for herself, particul In this first installment in a contemporary realistic African American middle grade series, Ryan Hart’s family must relocate to another part of Portland, OR, because her dad isn’t making as much money as he once did. Ryan is young girl confident in her gifts; she especially loves to cook. She is also capable of standing up for herself, particularly when she is teased for having a name more commonly given to boys. And she has a lively imagination; Ryan and her best friend, KiKi, get creative indoors when the Grand Floral Parade gets rained out, and prepare for the school talent show together. The theme of loving family and friends even through difficult times will resonate with readers. Cheerful black-and-white illustrations enhance the story and convey Ryan’s effervescent personality. Watson deftly weaves the faith of her characters into her work. From Easter speeches to African American hair care, this book will give those whose lives are like Ryan’s an opportunity to feel seen. For those whose lives are different, this book provides a clear window into a nuclear family dealing with familiar topics in a unique way. A solid addition to realistic middle grade fiction with warm, loving family relationships.

Book Details

ISBN

9781547600564

First Release

August 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

192

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.5; Points: 4;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 760L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Bloomsbury USA

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Family life, Portland, Oregon, Schools, African Americans, Moving households,

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Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

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