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Shouting at the Rain

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Girl grapples with being abandoned in bittersweet tale.

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Emotionally rich and brimming with life lessons, this story paints a unique picture of lower middle class life in the resort destination of Cape Cod. The feelings explored in Shouting at the Rain feel very real -- like how it feels to suddenly realize that you don't know your mother and father, and that it matters. Like how much it hurts to be rejected by an old friend when her interests change. Or how dirty your house, your grandma's car, and your feet are in the eyes of someone more privileged than you. What it feels like to fight for what you think is right, how love wraps you up in an embrace, and how the right people matter.

This story combs through themes of abandonment and loyalty in a way that kids will appreciate. As in Fish in a Tree, author Lynda Mullaly Hunt explores a sensitive subject -- in this case, being abandoned by a parent -- and after expertly poking at the wound a little, makes it feel better with the help of some wise adults and friends who truly care.

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