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Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin | Estelle Reviews

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin ( facebook ) Publication Date: October 7, 2014 Publisher: Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends Pages: 240 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: Aspergers, OCD, hurricane, family, dogs Format read: ARC paperback from Macmillan. (Thanks!) Summary: When a hurricane hits inland, Rose’s best companion — her dog named Reign — goes missing. What happens […]

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October 19, 2014 - 3:32 pm

Cassie G - Like you, I’ve got the nostalgia for Ann Martin’s books. I think I read them all when I was younger. I didn’t know she was still writing (though now that I think about it, it doesn’t really make sense that she would stop. I think I just forgot about her as I grew up), but your review makes me want to go find a copy! I love that it explores children with support needs, as that doesn’t seem to be a heavily covered subject.

October 15, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Alexa S. - I really, really enjoyed Rain Reign! There’s just something magical and comforting about Ann M. Martin’s writing. And I adored Rose Howard, who’s spunky and smart and all sorts of wonderful in her way. So glad you liked this one too!

October 14, 2014 - 11:26 pm

candy - Thanks for the wonderful review. While I don’t know if I would read it because I usually read upper YA,I am considering it. However I am pretty sure my son would read it. He had to read Mockingbird a in 7th grade (he’s now in 9th) and loved it.Though I don’t think he has Asperger’s though he may be very high on the spectrum but not enough for a diagnosis he did come home after the teacher introduced the book and explained Asperger’s to them and told me what she described sounded like him and it was always a thought imy head that he could be but I never told him that,but my twin sister’s son does have Asperger’s and my son isn’t quite like him.My son does have social issues that he seems to be growing out of this year and slightly ODD on a few things he would always have just one thing he played with in each stage of his life and only be able to play with one friend at a time again that is finally changing this year and both my kids don’t know when and what is appropriate or inappropriate to say in public but growing up I had that issue too.Anyway like I said thanks for the review I will pass this information to my son and may read it myself.And oh,I totally get the hurricane thing I live in South Central Louisiana and we’ve seen our share of hurricanes hitting us or near hits.I would be happy to not ever have another one but I guess it comes with the territory. My kids and my family laugh at me bc I’m terrified of anything Cat 3 or higher bc I was traumatized by Hurricane Andrew. My 2 siblings and mom slept through the worst of it I however clawed my dad’s arm all night in fear bc I couldn’t sleep it was too loud and then we were following it on the radio and it spawning tornadoes like crazy just south of us then they lost it bc it unexpectedly turned east right before hitting us head on unfortunately where it turned put it in the path of my grandparents and cousins but thank God they were ok.Yes I’m rambling so I tend to do that.

October 14, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I loved this book! I think you hit the nail on the head with all of your points on this review. I love that Rose is the one telling her story and that we are able to see the heartbreaking side of things and also how she is far more able to deal with things than people assume. I did have to read this one in small doses to begin with because Rose is such a BIG character – eventually that is what I grew to love about her, but it took me a little bit to adjust to that (:

October 14, 2014 - 10:49 am

Brianna - I loved the BSC when I was a kid. I got to meet Ann M. Martin once and didn’t know what to do with myself. This sounds a bit like the MG version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in Nighttime. Thanks for sharing your review.

Estelle: Signed Skye Harper by Carol Lynch Williams

Signed, Skye Harper by Carol Lynch Williams ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 13, 2014 Publisher: Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Pages: 304 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: 1970s, moms/daughters, road trip, young love, Southern setting Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Winston and her grandmother head out on a secret […]

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June 17, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Alexa S. - Whenever you come out and write a book review like this one, I almost always instantly want to buy it. (I’m only resisting now because of a lack of funds at the moment!) But seriously, Signed Skye Harper sounds really great! I love that there’s a road trip, and a huge family aspect, and just a great story that captures that awkward age (that was definitely mine too)!

Estelle: A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland

A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 9, 2013 Publisher: EgmontUSA Pages: 336 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: summer, small town, library, book loving main character Format read: eBook from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Sunday is used to feeling a little forgotten in a family of […]

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August 28, 2013 - 11:39 am

Alexa Y. - I still haven’t read this one, even though you totally told me it would be right up my alley. Based on your review, you’re probably right! I love Sunday already, and I haven’t even officially met her yet. Her character just seems really great, and I’d love to meet her, her family and the other quirky characters in this one. Plus, the story itself sounds very magical!

August 18, 2013 - 9:46 am

Bookworm1858 - Haha-my mom often calls my sister and me by the other’s name (sometimes I’m also called my dad’s name!)

I don’t remember seeing this book around but it sounds so cute. I love all the little things you share about this book and think it sounds perfect for this bookworm 🙂

Estelle: Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Drama by Raina Telgemeier ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: September 1, 2012 Publisher: Scholastic GRAPHIX Pages: 240 Target audience: middle grade Keywords: Broadway, theater, stage crew, LGBT Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Callie, a Broadway buff, is working behind-the-scenes of her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi. As if working […]

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May 6, 2014 - 6:33 pm

naya - love this book im totally doing this for a book project

April 4, 2013 - 9:03 am

Drama by Raina Telgemeier | wrapped up in books - […] Rather be Reading: “I can only describe Drama as a total delight. It has surprising depth but doesn’t weigh down the flow of the story or even the lighter moments. There are so many details to look at and take in when it comes to this novel, and I could see myself flipping through it again and again.” […]

December 3, 2012 - 12:28 pm

The Baby-Sitters Club is Back (+ Holiday Shopping List) - […] Kristy’s Great Idea: The Graphic Novel: When I read Drama by Raina Telgemeier I was totally convinced that this reincarnation of the BSC was in the very best hands. Her […]

September 8, 2012 - 9:02 am

September 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Telgemeier Amazon | Estelle’s Review Description: Raina Telgemeier, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Eisner Award […]

September 2, 2012 - 4:31 pm

Drama Raina Telgemeier Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “I can only describe Drama as a total delight” […]

August 26, 2012 - 12:02 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse, a review The Aussies Know How to Write Drama by Reina Telgemeier, a review How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, a […]

August 23, 2012 - 10:32 pm

elena - This sounds like such an Estelle book! It sounds really delightful and I’m glad you loved it so much. Hooray for enthusiasm and bright colours!

August 23, 2012 - 1:13 am

Kristen - I don’t read graphic novel’s very often. I don’t really like them for the most part, to be honest. However, the cover of this book totally made me crack a smile just looking at it (SO cute), and your review makes me want to check it out. 🙂

August 22, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Sophia - I’ve never read a graphic novel, but this one sounds like a great one to start with! It sounds super cute and I’m glad the illustrations are enjoyable. The set up does sound really cute, with acts and the intermission. How clever! :3 Lovely review, Estelle. Glad you loved this one! 🙂

August 22, 2012 - 11:51 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I was total theater geek in high school and college. Theater was and still is one of my favorite things in the world – and any book that highlights that sort of passion is DEFINITELY something up my alley!

August 22, 2012 - 9:50 am

April Books & Wine - I totally have a copy of Drama from BEA and the publicist totally sold it to me and this solidifies it. I am totally going to read Drama this weekend! 🙂

I love books about kids who are super enthusiastic or passionate about something.

And graphic novels, always my favorite!

Estelle: See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles Upcoming Publication Date: May 8, 2012 Publisher: Candlewick Press Pages: 310 Keywords: Family, siblings, LGBT, family business, bullying, trauma Target Audience: Mature middle grade Format Read: Paperback from ALA. (Thanks!) Summary: With her parents always working at the family restaurant and her younger brother constantly winning everyone’s attention, Fern […]

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September 28, 2014 - 3:24 pm

tt - you will cry i did i luv this book

May 15, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Shannon - Read it before this blog appeared in my site..
The warning is true.
You really will cry

June 18, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book sounds absolutely wonderful. I will definitely be adding it to the list of books that I must check out soon!

May 13, 2012 - 9:05 pm

Shelve It Meme: 5/13/2012 - […] Bookish on favorite book quotes. Ice cream, family, and some serious heartbreak were found in See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles. Related Posts :Estelle: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis Magan: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson […]

May 9, 2012 - 8:05 am

Lori - This book wasn’t on my radar. It certainly is now. I’m adding it to my wish list right now. Thanks for the fantastic review!

May 7, 2012 - 7:15 pm

VeganYANerds - What a lovely review, Estelle. I totally agree about the cover, it’s very cute and I wouldn’t have guessed what this book was really about.

I think it sounds like a really great book, and I’m not at all put off by the fact that it’s for younger readers.

May 7, 2012 - 11:18 am

elena - ahaha I actually thought this was an adult fiction just judging from the cover but then saw the middle grade. OOPS! This seems to be quite a serious read for middle school, I’m impressed that she tackles the subject of LGBT. I’m curious about the other issue, it seems like it would be hard to read. Lovely review, Estelle!

May 7, 2012 - 9:54 am

Anna - RE: “my usual (internet predators, abuse, death)”

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Magan: Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist

Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist [website | twitter] Release Date: March 20, 2012 Publisher: ALADDIN M!X Pages: 240 Target Audience: Middle Grade Format: Finished copy received from Simon & Schuster Why I Read It: Slightly awkward young teenager + an intriguing pair of glasses Summary: Thirteen-year-old Callie is having trouble seeing. Though she hates the […]

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September 20, 2012 - 2:41 pm

Factoring in the Price Tag: New Rating System (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] Amazon | B&N ) From What I Remember by Valerie Thomas and Stacy Kramer ( Amazon | B&N ) Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist ( Amazon | B&N ) Summer Nights by Susan Mallery ( Amazon | B&N ) […]

June 17, 2012 - 11:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Aww, this sounds really cute! I would definitely want to give this one a read.

April 12, 2012 - 7:55 am

Meredith - I too, LOVE The Mysterious Benedict Society Series!! Such clever, witty books! I’ve been reading more Middle Grade lately so I’ll have to check this one out! Thanks for the review! 🙂

-Meredith

April 11, 2012 - 6:29 pm

VeganYANerds - This does sound like a really sweet story! I find some middle grade books are just aimed to young for me but some of them are still entertaining for adults and it’s always great to discover one!

April 11, 2012 - 4:23 pm

elena - I remember seeing this during the YA Scavenger Hunt and thought it looked super cute! I don’t really read a lot of middle grade books (P.S. glad you love the Mysterious Benedict Society because I have those on my shelf right now!) but when I do, I think they’re delightful. I’m glad that Seeing Cinderella falls under the same category! This sounds like such a sweet book, I love that it’s fully fleshed out and you could still relate to Callie. Lovely review, Magan. 🙂