11-year-old Rose is autistic and struggles to understand her classmates. But when her father gives her a stray dog, which she names Rain, the dog becomes her best friend, her anchor in a confusing world. So when Rain goes missing during a storm, Rose refuses to stop looking for him...
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'If you can read, you'll love this book... The deftness with which Martin renders Rose's life is admirable. Don't take it anywhere you wouldn't want to have a sudden burst of tears.' - The New York Times; 'A riveting, seamless narrative in which each word sings & each scene counts.' - Kirkus Reviews; 'Hopeful, but it's also incredibly heartbreaking.' - Bustle magazine; 'A bittersweet tale of an autistic girl and her dog from the author of The Baby-Sitters Club series. It may not be familiar to today's young readers but it's certainly worth discovering.' - The Sunday Express; '[A] moving, thought-provoking and beautifully crafted novel.' - Lancashire Evening Post; 'A delight to read, this is a sophisticated and very moving piece of storytelling.' - LoveReading4Kids; 'Rose is a character we root for every step of the way. She is resilient, honest, and, in her own odd way, very perceptive; a most reliable narrator.' - The Horn Book; 'Though Rose's story is often heartbreaking, her matter-of-fact narration provides moments of humor. Readers will empathize with Rose, who finds strength and empowerment through her unique way of looking at the world.' - School Library Journal; 'Simplicity, clarity, and emotional resonance are hallmarks of Rose's first-person narrative, which offers an unflinching view of her world from her perspective ... A strong story told in a nuanced, highly accessible way.' - Booklist; 'Often heart-rending, Martin's narrative relentlessly echoes Rose's autistic traits as it reveals the depth of tragedy which has affected the family - but offers readers resolution in the final pages' - LoveReading4Kids
Ann M. Martin is the author of the bestselling Baby-Sitters Club series, which sold 176 million copies worldwide. In addition, she is the author of over thirty critically-acclaimed novels, including A Corner of the Universe which won a Newbery Honor in 2003.