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My first year of Summer Reading & June Book Review: Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Heading into June, and summer reading, I didn't know what to expect. In my mind I pictured massive crowds packing themselves into our tiny program rooms and abandoned shelves without books resting upon them. I have been both correct and incorrect in this exuberant assumptions. Here in Indiana we have had a very wet summer. I can barely recall a time where it has not rained for more than a day and a half. This has brought a fair amount of people to our summer programs, mostly during the Tuesday - Thursday stretch. Wednesday and Thursday are our busiest times where I believe parents have had it with kids having to be inside due to rain. I've really enjoyed seeing a lot of people pass through our doors and enjoy our regular programs as well as the special summer reading programs we have this year!

As for those empty shelves, well not so empty. While we do have lower numbers on the shelves it seems to me that our highest circulating items are also the most popular, (Dork Diaries, Smile, BigNate, etc.) which I have felt bad almost every time a child asks for a certain item that I know is checked out. Because of this I have been practicing a lot of reader's advisory. A child the other day gave me easy parameters and I got him to check out some Choose Your Own Adventure books!

I can hardly believe that we are almost to the end of summer reading and that we already have a full line up of programs for Fall! A co-worker and I were just chatting about our annual Halloween program, soon it will be Christmas, then 2016! As a former school work procrastinator it is still amazing me the schedule we stick to, but I am now well versed in the fine art of planning ahead.


June Book Review:
(And yes, I know it's July)

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

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Synopsis from Goodreads.com

"Rose Howard has Asperger’s syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms (even her name is a homonym). She gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Rain was a lost dog Rose’s father brought home. Rose and Rain are practically inseparable. And they are often home alone, as Rose’s father spends most evenings at a bar, and doesn’t have much patience for his special-needs daughter.

Just as a storm hits town, 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. Rose will find Rain, but so will Rain’s original owners."


I really enjoyed this book, most of the "bad" reviews hinge on the fact that the readers got annoyed with all the homonyms in parentheses. I believe it added to the writing and really put the reader inside the mind of the character who has Asperger's. If you have ever watched Parenthood there is young male character who also has Asperger'sand is similar to this character in the fact that they both get upset when the "rules" aren't followed or their routines are messed up. Rose shows amazing progression throughout this novel and I was rooting for her the entire time. I also loved this story because I am a dog person through and through. My heart ached when Rain ran away and I almost cried at Rose's actions the conclusion of the story, (you'll have to read to see why). I absolutely love that Ann  Martin has written a character that is on the autism spectrum, as a society we are becoming more aware of autism and Asperger's and to read a book that puts you inside the head of a child with Asperger's gives you a better understanding of the difficulties faced by those with it. Overall this was a brilliantly written book that will tug on your heart strings (in a good way) and have you rooting for Rose from page 1. 

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