The Resource Right as Rain, Lindsey Stoddard

Right as Rain, Lindsey Stoddard

Label
Right as Rain
Title
Right as Rain
Statement of responsibility
Lindsey Stoddard
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Eleven-year-old Rain must adjust to a new normal after her brother dies and her family moves to New York City"--
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Review
  • Grades 4-7 It has been almost a year since that night, and Rain's family needs a new start in a totally new town. Rain's new neighbor and classmate, Frankie, is chilly at first, until Rain realizes she's taken the place of Frankie's best friend, Reggie, in her home, her classroom desk, and even her place on the track team. However, Frankie respects Rain as a runner and introduces her to Ms. Dacie, who runs a makeshift teen center. When she learns Ms. Dacie's funding has been cut, she puts all her efforts into a fund-raising project in hopes of ignoring the sorry state of her homelife: her mother pretends everything is OK, while her father can barely get out of bed, and Rain is weighed down by the fact that she's been keeping a secret since that night—the night her brother died. Stoddard has written a beautiful story about a resilient girl many readers will be able to relate to, and she gently hits on tough topics, such as death and divorce, in a tender and truthful manner. -- Lindsey Tomsu (Reviewed 12/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 7, p62)
  • /* Starred Review */ Rain, 11, knows that only a quarter of marriages survive a child's death; she's determined to make her parents "one out of four." The family members mourn separately. Rain's burdened by guilt over the loss of her teenage brother, Guthrie; her dad's withdrawn, angry, and depressed; her mom, briskly efficient, has forced a fresh start, finding a job in New York, where Rain must finish sixth grade 288 miles away from her old school in Vermont. Rain misses her best friend and the track team. Their new apartment is tiny; Frankie, the Dominican super's daughter, is unfriendly; the urban density's overwhelming. Her family is white and doesn't speak Spanish, and their new neighborhood is a Latinx one. The only place Rain spots other light-skinned people is at the trendy cafe where they sip espresso. Through community-service projects, a school requirement, Rain slowly finds her footing. The track coach recruits her to run the 100-meter relay with Frankie, Amelia, and Ana for a city meet—that's scheduled on the anniversary of Guthrie's death. Realistic explorations of how grief divides a struggling family and gentrification erodes a community are balanced by the love and friendship among these diverse characters. Rain likes to count things and loathes dresses. Like Frankie and her friend who's moved away, Rain might be gender nonconforming. Amelia stutters; Nestor might be homeless; Casey dislikes being touched. Each is seen whole. Timely, well-integrated themes, a vibrant setting, and well-drawn, likable characters—the diversity's unlabeled, but it's there—make this a winner. (Fiction. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2018)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10758883
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stoddard, Lindsey
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Grief
  • Grief
  • Moving, Household
  • Running
  • Family life
  • Friendship
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Issues)
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
  • Grief
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Right as Rain, Lindsey Stoddard
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1036105389
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9780062652942
Lccn
2018034251
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1036105389
Label
Right as Rain, Lindsey Stoddard
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1036105389
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9780062652942
Lccn
2018034251
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1036105389

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