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One of our Books of the Year 2016 | February 2016 Book of the Month
The heroine of Ann M Martin’s fine novel has a unique voice, and the story she tells is very touching. Rose (rows) has a diagnosis of autism and struggles to understand the unspoken social rules that are built in to the rest of us. Her props are homonyms – she has an ever growing list of words pronounced the same as another but spelled differently – prime numbers, and her dog Rain (reign, rein). When Rain goes missing, Rose works methodically to find her, but their reunion brings a problem: Rain originally belonged to another family, who also want their dog back. For Rose, for whom written rules are as vital as homonyms, there’s only one course of action to take. Rose tells her story exactly as it happens, but readers will infer so much more from her descriptions of events and the reactions of the other characters. A delight to read, this is a sophisticated and very moving piece of storytelling. ~ Andrea Reece
How to Look for a Lost Dog joins the growing category of books about young people with a diagnosis of autism and Counting by 7s and We are All Made of Molecules are equally heart-warming and uplifting books for younger readers.
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...A touching story from the bestselling author of The Babysitters Club.
Kids 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 here.
“A riveting, seamless narrative in which each word sings & each scene counts.” – Kirkus Reviews
“The deftness with which Martin renders Rose’s life is admirable.” – NY Times
“Hopeful, but it's also incredibly heartbreaking.” – Bustle magazine
“For many women of a certain age, the best-selling series The Baby-Sitters Club was their first introduction to an iconic group of tight-knit girlfriends in pop-culture.” – TIME magazine
|Publication date:||1st January 2016|
|Author:||Ann M. Martin|
|Publisher:||Usborne Publishing Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, School Stories, Animals|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
|Collections:||30 Great Children's Books about Autism or featuring an Autistic Character, 30 Children's Books Celebrating Neurodiversity,|
Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer. Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood memories and feelings. Many are written about contemporary problems or events. All of Ann's characters, even the members of the Baby-sitters Club, are made up. But many of her characters are based on real ...More About Ann M. Martin
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