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Apple and Rain

Written by Sarah Crossan

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on Apple and Rain

Winner of the Children’s Book Award 2016, Books for Older Readers category  - Longlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize - Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal   Apple is sure that one day her mother will return. And when that happens she is sure that everything in her life will be good again. But when Mum does return, Apple finds that what you wish for may not always be what you really want. With the arrival of mum, Apple’s life is turned upside down. Home, school and most of all, what she really thinks about all those around her, are all thrown into confusion. Can Apple find happiness in a new way of life? Apple’s poems help her to tell this touching story of an unhappy and complicated family life.

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Apple and Rain Synopsis

When Apple's mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels whole again. She will have an answer to her burning question - why did you go? And she will have someone who understands what it means to be a teenager - unlike Nana. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother's homecoming is bitter sweet, and Apple wonders who is really looking after whom. It's only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is, that she begins to see things as they really are.

Like a brilliant hybrid of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson, Sarah Crossan entices you into her world, then tells a moving, perceptive and beautifully crafted story which has the power to make you laugh and cry.

Apple and Rain Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Ella Day, age 11 - 'The way it is written draws you into the story and I like how the author uses vivid imagery to set the scene.'
  • Aimee Sweet - 'If you like Jacqueline Wilson, then you’d love this book. Not only is it gripping and fast paced, the novel has a deeper meaning behind it too.'
  • Stacie Ball - 'A beautiful story focused soley around family. Apple is one character you wont forget in a hurry.'
  • Chloe Shortall, age 18 - 'Apple and Rain is a fantastic, heartbreaking story about unconditional love and the strength of a young girl willing to do whatever it takes to keep her family together.'
  • Poppy, age 15 - 'I thought that Apple and Rain was very good and extremely hard to put down! I thought that it had a good moral, storyline and plot. A good read that I would recommend.'
  • Ellen Faulkner, age 13 - 'Apple and Rain is a beautifully narrated story about friends and family. Anyone with half a heart should definitely read this lyrical story.'
  • Destiny Maraj, age 13 - 'This novel was absolutely amazing and was written by a fantastic author!'
  • Safiyah Davenport - 'Inspiring and beautifully crafted this book really tugs at the heart strings.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This is a story to pull at the heart strings with a young heroine in the centre of the story that shows amazing strength.'
  • Mariam Ahmed - 'Apple and Rain has a very stomach-twisting-moderately- intense atmosphere about it.'
  • Charlotte, age 13 - 'It took me less than twelve hours to finish Apple and  Rain - it was one of those books that I just had to read secretly under my duvet.'
  • Elle Cogan, age 11 - 'When she turns up out of the blue, Apple finally has the mother she's been dreaming of. But her mother has secrets...I loved this book, and was hooked within the first few words.'
  • Jade Craddock - 'this is a brave novel, that takes off the rose-tinted spectacles to look at family life and portray the sombre side of the coin.'
  • Lauren Coffman, age 14 - ', I was fully engrossed in the story, feeling a part of it all, and experiencing the emotions just through the words on the page. I really connected with this book and would recommend this very highly.' 
  • Immy Fisher - 'The book Apple and Rain was even better than I expected it to be.'
  • ALex McAulay, age 11 - 'I could not stop reading this book, it is amazing!'
  • Michael, age 14 - 'A very moving story.'

Apple and Rain Press Reviews

Praise for Apple and Rain
‘This poignant, realistic tale is about learning to love and taking responsibility, and about how poems can tell the truth, as Emily Dickinson put it, at a “slant” ’  Sunday Times, Pick of the Week 

‘Crossan’s skill as a writer is at its most pronounced, contributing to a portrayal of adolescence that is subtle and humane’ Irish Times 

‘An inspiring tale’  Irish Examiner 

‘It’ll make you laugh and cry . . .’  Company 

‘Apple and Rain is a beautifully crafted story about painful reunions, loyalty and the true meaning of love; a story with a deep emotional core, both heart-wrenching and heart-warming’  Sita Brahmachari, author of Artichoke Hearts 

‘Sarah Crossan writes with insight and honesty in this moving story of family, friendship, and love’  Claire Furniss, author of The Year of the Rat 

‘Honest, funny and at times, heart-breaking. Apple and Rain is perfect for readers who want to read about an ordinary person with an extraordinary family’  Rebecca Westcott, author of Dandelion Clocks 

‘Apple and Rain is a wonderful feel-good kind of book, the kind that doesn’t offer you an unrealistic happy ending, but rather an ending which leaves the reader full of hope. A wonderful book indeed’  www.librarymice.com

Praise for The Weight of Water

A story of the redeeming power of love. It's beautifully written and it made me cry but it also made me laugh The Bookbag

Poignant, powerful, just perfect - Cathy Cassidy

Succinct, with a gentle lyricism, the poems are telling about immigration, prejudice, self-delusion, families and first love, on the way to a life-changing conclusion The
Sunday Times - Children's Books of the Week

Exquistely and touchingly written - Irish Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781526606761
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781408827130
Publication date: 12/02/2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408827130
Publication date: 12th February 2015
Author: Sarah Crossan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Sarah Crossan

Sarah Crossan has lived in Dublin, London and New York, and now lives in Hertfordshire. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and drama teacher at the University of Cambridge.  The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain were both shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. In 2016, Sarah won the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as the YA Book Prize, the CBI Book of the Year award and the CLiPPA Poetry Award for her novel, One.   Sarah is the go-to writer of the free verse novel in the UK and ...

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