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Apple and Rain

Sarah Crossan


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Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover, Spanish (4/30/2018)
Paperback (10/25/2016)


When Apple's mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels almost whole again. In order to heal completely, her mother will have to answer one burning question: Why did she abandon her? But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother's homecoming is bittersweet. It's only when Apple meets her younger sister, Rain-someone more lost than she is- that she begins to see things for how they really are, allowing Apple to discover something that might help her to feel truly whole again.

From the author of the acclaimed The Weight of Water comes a beautifully-crafted, moving novel about family, betrayal, and the ultimate path to healing.

Praise For Apple and Rain

“Readers . . . will cheer for Apple and Rain.” —Publishers Weekly

“[The] story is involving, and Apple and Rain are engaging, sympathetic characters. This one is for readers who dote on happy endings.” —Booklist

“Most characters, including Nana and Rain, are compassionately drawn. . . . A realistic . . . tale about growing up and parenting.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Crossan's ear is flawless in capturing the cries of a young girl's heart.” —BCCB

“The story will be reassuring for those readers who are in similar situations, especially when Apple learns of the strength she possesses, but was not aware of, until she had to be.” —VOYA

“This is a wrenching but hopeful story of displacement, loneliness, and survival. . . . Crossan's verse packs a punch as she examines the power that difference--but also determination--can wield.” —starred review, Publishers Weekly on THE WEIGHT OF WATER

“Narrating in image-rich free verse that packs an emotional punch, Kasienka describes what life is like for a new arrival while also exploring universal themes. . . . Memorable.” —Kirkus Reviews on THE WEIGHT OF WATER

“Graceful, effortless verse. . . . A sweet, well-paced tale [with] a silver lining.” —School Library Journal on THE WEIGHT OF WATER

“A powerful coming-of-age novel about family and discovering how to be true to yourself that is well worth reading.” —Booklist on THE WEIGHT OF WATER

Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 9781619636903, 352pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2015

About the Author

Sarah Crossan is originally from Dublin. She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University and has been working to promote creative writing in schools since. She taught English at a small private school near New York until she became a full time writer. She completed her Masters in creative writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing. Sarah lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and their daughter.