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Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey (Maybe Marisol, 1) Hardcover – May 4, 2021
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“Utterly endearing!” —Annie Barrows, New York Times-bestselling author of the Ivy + Bean books
“Hilarious and heart-melting.” —Sara Pennypacker, New York Times–bestselling author of Pax
Introducing eight-year-old Marisol Rainey—an irresistible new character from Newbery Medal winning and New York Times–bestselling Erin Entrada Kelly!
Maybe, Maybe Marisol Rainey is an illustrated novel about summer, friendship, and overcoming fears, told with warm humor and undeniable appeal. Fans of Clementine, The Year of Billy Miller, and Ramona the Pest will be thrilled to meet Marisol.
Marisol Rainey’s mother was born in the Philippines. Marisol’s father works and lives part-time on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. And Marisol, who has a big imagination and likes to name inanimate objects, has a tree in her backyard she calls Peppina . . . but she’s way too scared to climb it. This all makes Marisol the only girl in her small Louisiana town with a mother who was born elsewhere and a father who lives elsewhere (most of the time)—the only girl who’s fearful of adventure and fun.
Will Marisol be able to salvage her summer and have fun with Jada, her best friend? Maybe. Will Marisol figure out how to get annoying Evie Smythe to leave her alone? Maybe. Will Marisol ever get to spend enough real time with her father? Maybe. Will Marisol find the courage to climb Peppina? Maybe.
Told in short chapters with illustrations by the author on nearly every page, Maybe, Maybe Marisol Rainey is a must-have for early elementary grade readers. Erin Entrada Kelly celebrates the small but mighty Marisol, the joys of friendship, and the triumph of overcoming your fears in this stunning new novel for readers of Kevin Henkes, Meg Medina, Andrew Clements, Sara Pennypacker, and Kate DiCamillo.
Features black-and-white artwork throughout by Erin Entrada Kelly.
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|Read all the books from Erin Entrada Kelly!||Future rock star or friendless misfit? That’s no choice at all.||Abandoned by their father and living in impoverished circumstances with their stepmother in Louisiana, two sisters from the Philippines learn the true meaning of family.||When Lalani Sarita’s mother falls ill with an incurable disease, Lalani embarks on a dangerous journey across the sea to find the fabled girl with golden feet, in the hope of safeguarding her own future.||A humorous and poignant page-turner about family, bullying, art, Scrabble, and the challenges of middle school friendships.|
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|Read all the books from Erin Entrada Kelly!||2018 Newbery Winner! Told from four intertwining points of view, the novel celebrates being different, bravery, and finding your inner bayani (hero)!||2021 Newbery Honor title! Meet the unforgettable Cash, Fitch, and Bird Thomas in this pitch-perfect middle grade novel set in 1986 about family, friendship, tragedy, science, and exploration.||An illustrated novel about summer, friendship, and overcoming fears, told with warm humor and undeniable appeal.|
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“Hilarious and heart-melting—Marisol charmed me! More, please.” -- Sara Pennypacker, New York Times-bestselling author of Pax
“From the author of the Newbery Award–winning Hello, Universe, this perceptive story focuses on Marisol, an imaginative Filipina American girl . . . The first volume in the Maybe Marisol series is an immediately engaging and ultimately rewarding choice for readers moving up to chapter books.” -- Booklist (starred review)
“Marisol is a young Filipina living in Louisiana, while also residing in her own little world. She notices things that most people would overlook . . . Endearing, relatable Marisol is also plagued by anxieties of all sorts. This story contains adorable yet thought-provoking conversations . . . A great read for upper elementary children. With occasional, whimsical illustrations, it will keep even the most reluctant readers entertained.” -- School Library Journal (starred review)
“Kelly reaches out to a younger audience in an approachable chapter book about thoughtful worrier Marisol. . . . She can’t imagine what it feels like to give a book report without quaking, or to visit her extended family in the Philippines—much less what it would feel like to be brave enough to climb the tree. . . . The story’s tension is built from the skillful accumulation of small moments and the strong character development. Frequent delightfully quirky line drawings by the author add humor and personality.” -- Horn Book (starred review)
“A book of truths, witty insights and metaphors, and — for the first time — Kelly’s own illustrations, which are lightheartedly poignant.” -- New York Times
“A sweet story of a girl trying to overcome her fears and anxieties. Marisol’s story also touches on friendship, bullies, siblings, having a parent who lives away from home, and having a parent from another country. . . . There’s no maybe about it; readers will enjoy this charming story.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“Newbery Medalist Kelly once again shows a knack for capturing a childlike perspective as Marisol navigates her feelings: avoiding a school bully and navigating her identity, finding the courage to ride her bike past a frightening dog, and debating whether to admit her fears . . . There is no calamitous “do-or-die” moment that forces Marisol to confront her fear; instead, Kelly lets Marisol ease her way through it, in the process offering a clear message about doing things in one’s own time.” -- Publishers Weekly
“Marisol worries about a lot of things, and she also worries that she worries so much . . . Kelly offers a compassionate portrait of an anxious kid, and Marisol’s inner dialogue—and particularly her inner criticism—will likely ring true for any kid who’s been accused of being too sensitive.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A delightful, relatable story about friendship and courage . . . Anyone who has ever had trouble feeling brave will be empowered by Marisol.” -- NBC News
- Publisher : Greenwillow Books (May 4, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062970429
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062970428
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 9.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.75 x 7.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #105,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Definitely buy a copy (or two!)
By Belle’s Middle Grade on May 5, 2021
decisions and the eminently climbable magnolia in her back yard makes her heart pound. Erin Entrada Kelly beckons readers into Marisol's world where they will share her concerns, love her cat, and value Jada's unwavering loyalty. Kelly tackles challenging content such as bullying, uncertainty, and family structure in an honest and uplifting way. Marisol's story validates children's experiences with realism, while highlighting sources of support.
I liked Marisol and Jada. T and I sometimes talk about if we would want to be friends with the characters in a book, and I think that grade-school-me would definitely befriend Marisol and Jada. They like to learn words in foreign languages to communicate privately. They'll spend an entire day secretly pretending to be animals. And they especially enjoy spying on Marisol's older brother. They are low-key kids who like to have fun outdoors. Although Marisol worries about the neighbor dog, the school bully, the magnolia tree, and so on, she is not worried about superficial things. She is a girl who knows who she is, would sometimes like to not be herself, but is also unbothered by her unusual interests. Above all, Marisol strikes me as genuine.
When T found out that I read Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey without him, he was displeased. It's aimed at an elementary age audience, and I have no doubt he'd like it, especially because her cat features so prominently. The font is a bit smaller and the illustrations fewer than other early chapter books we've read, so I think it would be more challenging that he needs right now. We'll hold off a few months before reading it together. He's eager for that day to come. And I will be happy to re-read.
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Marisol is not your typical feisty chapter-book little sister, but she sure does have wonderful relationships and a rich, relatable (to me anyway;)) inner life. Completely endearing. More, more Marisol Rainey!