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Rain Reign
by Ann M. Martin
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 720L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Feiwell & Friends
NO. PAGES: 240
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction
Schneider Family Book Award
ISBN: 0312643004
READ & REVIEWED BY: Eden - StorySnoop

The Story
Rain Reign—Book Review

From the publisher: Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She's thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose's rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose's obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different - not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father. When a storm hits their rural town, rivers overflow, the roads are flooded, and Rain goes missing. Rose's father shouldn't have let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search.Hearts will break and spirits will soar for this powerful story, brilliantly told from Rose's point of view.
The Scoop
Rain Reign—Book Review
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Rain Reign is an inspirational story that sees Rose through a wrenchingly difficult but ultimately rewarding growth experience. Fifth grader Rose is mildly autistic and lives with her single father who is ill-equipped to deal with her issues. She has an obsession with homonyms (she blurts them out whenever she thinks of a set) and an overly developed sense of right and wrong, making her somewhat difficult to tolerate and get along with. As a counter-balance to her father, Rose's uncle is her biggest fan and thoughtful advocate, and acts as the one stabilizing influence in her life. Their relationship is the one that the reader roots for, particularly when Rose's father lets her down. Rose's unique obsessiveness serves her well in her lengthy search for Rain. Unfortunately though, when girl and dog are reunited, the story takes an unexpected turn as Rose is faced with the ultimate "do the right thing" situation. Readers will relate to Rose's sense of justice, and will do some soul-searching along with her as she makes her decision about what to do with her beloved dog. Sensitive animal lovers needn't worry--things end well for Rain (and Rose), though perhaps not in the way one might expect.
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