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Compact Disc (1/5/2016)
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Pre-Recorded Audio Player (10/7/2014)
Compact Disc (10/7/2014)
A New York Times Bestseller!
Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She's thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose's rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose's obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different – not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father.
When a storm hits their rural town, rivers overflow, the roads are flooded, and 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.
Hearts will break and spirits will soar for this powerful story, brilliantly told from Rose's point of view.
Praise For Rain Reign…
“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, starred review
“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, starred review
“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, starred review
“Martin has penned a riveting, seamless narrative in which each word sings and each scene counts.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Newbery Honor author Martin (A Corner of the Universe) is extremely successful in capturing Rose's perspective and personality...” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Feiwel & Friends, 9780312643003, 240pp.
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
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Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
1. Rose Howard narrates her own story. Discuss the difference between a “reliable” narrator and an “unreliable” one. Which is Rose? Why?
2. Rose’s list of homonyms is one of her most important possessions. Why do you think she keeps this list? There are probably easier ways to update it (on a computer, for instance). Why is Rose’s list handwritten?
3. Everyone is different; every person has particular habits and interests. And some people have differences that others see as “disabilities.” What makes Rose different? Are her outbursts in class something she does on purpose?
4. How does Rain help Rose? Describe the roles that pets play in the lives of people who love them.
5. Do you believe Rose’s father let Rain out of the house with any bad intentions? Why or why not?
6. Why is Rose’s uncle Weldon more patient with Rose than her own father?
7. Do you agree with Rose’s decisions about Rain? Describe what might have happened if Rose had acted differently.
8. Discuss Rose’s future—what lies ahead for her once the book is finished?