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Ways to Grow Love



by
Renée Watson
illustrated by
Nina Mata

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
Imprint
Bloomsbury USA
ISBN
9781547600588
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Award-winning author Renée Watson continues her charming young Ramona-esque series starring Ryan Hart and her lovable family.

Ryan Hart and her family are back in another installment of stories about a Black girl finding her way and her voice as she grows through change and challenges. In this book, Ryan finds herself wishing for lots of things—like for her new sister to be born healthy, for her new recipes to turn out right, for that camping trip to go better than she fears! And of course Ryan is facing these new challenges and new experiences in her classic style—with a bright outlook and plenty of spirit!

Inspired to write her own version of Ramona, Newbery Honor- and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Renée Watson continues her delightful series.Black-and-white illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

192

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2021

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Family life. Portland, Oregon. Summer. Pregnancy. African Americans. Black people. New siblings. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-5–This summer is shaping up to be different than any other summer, and Ryan Hart isn’t sure how she feels about that. She always looks forward to her summer traditions, like checking out an armful of books from the library with her mom, and her family’s annual trip to the Oaks Park amusement park—but nothing is quite the same now that Ryan’s mom is expecting a new baby and has to take things easy. Still, there are some exciting things for Ryan to look forward to, like her first chance to go to sleepaway church camp with her two best friends, KiKi and Amanda. And of course Ryan can’t wait to meet her new baby sister. Not everything goes as planned, but nevertheless Ryan finds that she is bursting with summer memories by the time school begins in September. This second installment in the “Ryan Hart” series is both relatable and inspirational. A young optimistic Black girl, Watson’s irresistible Ryan models how to navigate a changing world with resilience, kindness, and love, all of which are reflected in Mata’s delightful illustrations. Readers who are likewise awaiting a new sibling, or who are simply learning to adjust to an ever-changing world, will be heartened by Ryan’s openness to making new memories and creating new traditions. VERDICT A fabulous first purchase that ­celebrates the awesome power of love, kindness, and being true to oneself.–Dana West, Nathan Hale H.S., Seattle

Horn Book

Ryan Hart (Ways to Make Sunshine, rev. 3/20) is back, now a rising fifth grader and ready for summer adventures. Despite obstacles—her father works nights, her mother is pregnant and can’t do as much with her, older brother Ray is as annoying as ever—she still manages to have fun. She continues to bring her own style and wit to each day, whether tackling her library’s summer reading challenge or mediating a family argument (the solution involving an excessive amount of pickle juice). As she prepares for her first time at an overnight camp, Ryan, who is Black, is apprehensive to be reunited with Red, a white acquaintance who once made fun of her hair. Her grandmother encourages Ryan to “be a rose”—use her voice to protect her beauty, without being unkind; when she is tested, it will take her grandmother’s words and the story of the Good Samaritan for her to remember who she is. An expert at creating complex characters, Watson ensures that no one will be two-dimensional. While Ryan is an optimist, she also expresses concern over the family’s finances, the health of her unborn sister, and the poverty in her community; big brother Ray has his times of generosity; and even Red gets a moment of revelation. With each chapter serving a its own short story, this second installment about Ryan is every bit as enjoyable as the first. EBONI NJOKU

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-5–This summer is shaping up to be different than any other summer, and Ryan Hart isn’t sure how she feels about that. She always looks forward to her summer traditions, like checking out an armful of books from the library with her mom, and her family’s annual trip to the Oaks Park amusement park—but nothing is quite the same now that Ryan’s mom is expecting a new baby and has to take things easy. Still, there are some exciting things for Ryan to look forward to, like her first chance to go to sleepaway church camp with her two best friends, KiKi and Amanda. And of course Ryan can’t wait to meet her new baby sister. Not everything goes as planned, but nevertheless Ryan finds that she is bursting with summer memories by the time school begins in September. This second installment in the “Ryan Hart” series is both relatable and inspirational. A young optimistic Black girl, Watson’s irresistible Ryan models how to navigate a changing world with resilience, kindness, and love, all of which are reflected in Mata’s delightful illustrations. Readers who are likewise awaiting a new sibling, or who are simply learning to adjust to an ever-changing world, will be heartened by Ryan’s openness to making new memories and creating new traditions. VERDICT A fabulous first purchase that ­celebrates the awesome power of love, kindness, and being true to oneself.–Dana West, Nathan Hale H.S., Seattle

Horn Book

Ryan Hart (Ways to Make Sunshine, rev. 3/20) is back, now a rising fifth grader and ready for summer adventures. Despite obstacles—her father works nights, her mother is pregnant and can’t do as much with her, older brother Ray is as annoying as ever—she still manages to have fun. She continues to bring her own style and wit to each day, whether tackling her library’s summer reading challenge or mediating a family argument (the solution involving an excessive amount of pickle juice). As she prepares for her first time at an overnight camp, Ryan, who is Black, is apprehensive to be reunited with Red, a white acquaintance who once made fun of her hair. Her grandmother encourages Ryan to “be a rose”—use her voice to protect her beauty, without being unkind; when she is tested, it will take her grandmother’s words and the story of the Good Samaritan for her to remember who she is. An expert at creating complex characters, Watson ensures that no one will be two-dimensional. While Ryan is an optimist, she also expresses concern over the family’s finances, the health of her unborn sister, and the poverty in her community; big brother Ray has his times of generosity; and even Red gets a moment of revelation. With each chapter serving a its own short story, this second installment about Ryan is every bit as enjoyable as the first. EBONI NJOKU

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