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Shouting at the Rain Paperback – May 5, 2020
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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.
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“Limned in northeastern sea salt and Adirondack chairs, Hunt’s latest offering explores those frustrating preteen years when friends become enemies and family is at once embarrassing and desired. . . . Hunt creates a realistic sketch of small-town life and the agonies of growing up in an imperfect family. . . . The thematic elements of tweenage angst are timeless and relatable.”—School Library Journal
“In addition to telling Delsie’s story in an involving way, Hunt vividly portrays the underlying us-and-them mentality shared by locals in a seaside community that relies on outside visitors. As sweet and summery as lemonade.”—Booklist
“Endearingly blunt, stubborn Delsie lives year-round on Cape Cod. . . . In kid-friendly prose, Hunt balances Delsie’s unfettered sense of adventure with her tweenlike insecurities. . . . Her sweet desire for a family and her unexpected realization that she’s had one all along make this story well worth reading.”—Publishers Weekly
“[Delsie and Ronan’s] slow-build friendship is realistic and enjoyable. . . . 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. The writing is vivid and child-friendly . . . with a satisfyingly imperfect resolution to the many conflicts.”—Horn Book
About the Author
- Publisher : Nancy Paulsen Books (May 5, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0147516773
- ISBN-13 : 978-0147516770
- Reading age : 10 years and up
- Lexile measure : HL560L
- Grade level : 5 - 6
- Item Weight : 7.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.13 x 0.84 x 7.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #30,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Once again I’m in awe of the characters that Lynda Mullaly Hunt creates. Delsie, who lives with her Grammy on Cape Cod, is weathering fading friendships and blossoming new ones. She’s feeling abandoned by both her mother who left when she was just a baby and by her best friend who’s leaving her for a “cooler” girl.
With the help of her loving, wise Grammy, who thinks Delsie hung the moon, her amazing neighbors Henry and Esme, and a new friend named Ronan, Delsie learns that “(Family) is made by the people who love you. Who worry about you and champion you.”
With themes of family, friendship, and hope, this will be a definite addition to my classroom library when it publishes in May 2019.
Some of my favorite pieces of beautiful writing from Hunt:
“Chips and dents make a person more interesting.”
“When people throw rocks, you can either build wall or bridges. Be a bridge builder.”
“Every pancake has two sides.”
“Some friends are glitter, and some are glue.”
“Anything that matters in this whole wide world is about connection.
By Liz on May 7, 2019
Lynda Mullaly Hunt writes with honesty, humor, and heart. She remembers what it's like to be in middle school and knows how to put it on the page. She leaves the reader feeling hope. "Thing is, the sun is always in the sky - it just gets hidden sometimes." This is her third book and is sure to be loved by readers everywhere!