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.
Rose Howard is a high-functioning autistic fifth-grader, and her preoccupation with homophones, her insistence on rules being followed to the letter of the law, and her difficulties reading social cues and understanding emotions are giving her trouble at school and frustrating her impatient and often angry single father. Rose's own feelings of anxiety and worry are viscerally felt when her dog, Rain, gets lost after a storm wreaks havoc in her small New York town. As Rose's sense of order is disrupted by floods, uprooted trees, and destroyed buildings, she methodically follows a plan to bring Rain home, though things don't go as expected. Newbery Honor author Martin (A Corner of the Universe) is extremely successful in capturing Rose's perspective and personality; Rose can't always recognize when she is being treated unkindly (it's no rare occurrence), but readers will see what she is up against, as well as the efforts of those who reach out to her. Filled with integrity and determination, Rose overcomes significant obstacles in order to do what is right. Ages 9 12.
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This book is super good ! Definitely for people who love dogs.
Sad book. B.O.B
I was assigned to read this book and learn all about it and study it. I didn't like that it came to an abrupt stopping. I wish there was more about rain and her new dog and uncle Weldon. Her story is so sad. I loved it though. You also made me feel more observant about my dog Katrina. How she acts and stuff. Thank you, Taylor ( the battle of the books member )
I am not even that far into the book and I love it! It's so hard to find an interesting book like this one.