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Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey (The Maybe Marisol Series) Audio CD – CD, 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 Medalist 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.
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"Utterly endearing!"-- "Annie Barrows, New York Times bestselling author"
About the Author
Erin Entrada Kelly is the acclaimed author of several books, including Hello, Universe, which wom the Newbery Medal. Her debut novel, Blackbird Fly, was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal and was an Asian/Pacific American Literature Honor Book. She is also the author of The Land of Forgotten Girls, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and You Go First, an Indie Next Pick, Kirkus Reviews Best Book, and School Library Journal Best Book.
- Publisher : HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (May 4, 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1665076976
- ISBN-13 : 978-1665076975
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Grade level : 2 - 5
- Item Weight : 4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.8 x 0.6 x 5.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,125,408 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.
Disclosure: Per FTC Guidelines, I hereby disclose partnership with The Children's Book Review and HarperCollins Publishers.
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!