From the author of the New York Times bestseller Fish in a Tree comes a compelling story about perspective and learning to love the family you have.
Delsie loves tracking the weather–lately, though, it seems the squalls are in her own life. She’s always lived with her kindhearted Grammy, but now she’s looking at their life with new eyes and wishing she could have a “regular family.” Delsie observes other changes in the air, too–the most painful being a friend who’s outgrown her. Luckily, she has neighbors with strong shoulders to support her, and Ronan, a new friend who is caring and courageous but also troubled by the losses he’s endured. As Ronan and Delsie traipse around Cape Cod on their adventures, they both learn what it means to be angry versus sad, broken versus whole, and abandoned versus loved. And that, together, they can weather any storm.
If you or someone you know has been searching for a delightful middle grade book that deals with challenging topics, look no further. This book felt like a powerhouse. It felt necessary and I’m thankful it will be out in the world next month. I wish there had been books like this when I was young, it might have helped so much.
A lot happens in this book and I won’t give it all away, but the main thing was that Delsie struggles to figure out what happened all those years ago when her mother gave her up for adoption. She was raised by her Grandmother but there has always been something missing in her life. This was the story of how Delsie tried to find that.
Wonderfully developed characters and complex story lines made for a thought-provoking read. I highly recommend this to all MG readers and even some YA readers. Give this a try if you have been on the fence about it.
Lynda Mullaly Hunt is the author of New York Times bestseller Fish in a Treeand Bank Street Best Book One for the Murphys. She’s a former teacher, and holds writers retreats for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, impetuous beagle, and beagle-loathing cat.
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