Shouting at the Rain By Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    It's not what you look at that counts, but what you see.

    It is summertime on the Cape and Delsie's friend Aimee has been cast as Annie in the summer musical. For Delsie, that show is another reminder that she has had a hard knock life. She lives with her Grammy, but her beloved Papa (her grandfather) is no longer alive. Her mother is AWOL and she has never even known who her dad is. Add in some friend problems, a persnickety neighbor named Olive, and a strange new boy who just seems angry and life is complicated. Why can't relationships be like the weather? Something that can be somewhat predicted? What Delsie learns during this important summer is something her Papa once told her -- if we all put our problems on the table, we would be likely to take all of our own back again. Delsie learns to live with gratitude and in a way that helps others respond in positive ways. There is a kitten named Boots, whale watching, clam raking, and more. Lynda Mullaly Hunt also hid some anagrams in the text for puzzle lovers. One is related to the title SHOUTING AT THE RAIN = THAT NOURISHING TEA. This one really grew on me (like a barnacle?). Highly recommended! Lynda Mullaly Hunt من یاد گرفتم که توفان‌ها تغییرمان می‌دهند، نه روزهای آبی و آفتابی!
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    📝کتاب خواندن برای بچه‌ها همان پرورش مهارت‌های لازم برای زندگی از دل قصه‌هاست. چون محتوای داستان‌ها به قدری متنوع هستند که هر رشته علمی و موضوعی را می‌توان در قالب داستان‌ها یافت. با کتاب علاوه بر تقویت چهار مهارت زبانی( گوش کردن، صحبت کردن، نوشتن، خواندن) مهارت‌های زندگی مانند جرأت‌‌ورزی، مسئولیت‌پذیری، ادب و استفاده از واژه‌های مناسب هم در کودکان تقویت می‌شود.
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    با خواندن دو کتاب «تقصیر باران نیست» و « ماهی روی درخت» از لیندا موللی هانت متوجه شدم که او هم به توانایی و قدرت درک بالای کودکان در تجزیه و تحلیل مسائل موجود در زندگی و دنیای اطراف اعتقاد و ایمان داره. این کتاب روایتی از دختری به نام دلسی بود که کنار مادربزرگش زندگی می‌کنه. مادرش از زمان کودکی اون رو ترک می‌کنه؛ چرا که توانایی بزرگ کردنش را نداشته و دلسی را با یک عالمه سوال بی‌جواب تنها می‌گذاره. البته تا آخر کتاب هم علتش مشخص نمی‌شه! دلسی، دوستان و همسایگان خوبی داره و روابط آدم‌های داستان با هم جالب و خواندنی است. نویسنده تلاش می‌کنه نکات ریزی از درس‌های زندگی را لابه لای همین روابط بین شخصیت‌های داستان و در خلال قصه به بچه‌ها آموزش بده. حس خوب ارتباط با مادربزرگ و صمیمیت بین این دو و حس دگردوستی، ارتباط متقابل، کنار هم بودن در دوران سختی ... همه از نقاط روشن و درخشان کتاب بودند. از میان کتاب‌های رئال نوجوان کتاب خوبی بود.🌧☔️ Lynda Mullaly Hunt Shouting at the Rain

    Delsie is different on so many levels. And she’s growing. And her friends are changing. And making fun of her.

    From the very beginning as I read this book as a grandmother, I judged. Not Delsie, but her mother. To a certain extent her caretaking grandmother, too. My hackles were up and I was outraged. Motherless Delsie deserved more. I was set up - because by the end of the book while things were not wand-resolved, Delsie and her friend Ronan (who had troubles of his own) were helped by the grownups in their lives to face the challenging aspects of their lives. I sat in a corner considering all this. . . we all have issues. Not all are resolved prettily, with the wrinkles smoothed out. I appreciated the tools of resiliency that were given to these growing, awkward people, and me by association as a reader. . .still a growing, awkward person – forever one, I suspect.

    I wish this book had been around when I was twelve, awkward and doing all the wrong things according to my friends from just a year before. BFFs were more like BFFAWOT (Best Friends For A Week Or Two) the older I got. There would have been less pouting, manipulation and drama in the kingdom if I’d had this book. It’s a toolkit for understanding that love comes in all shapes and sizes, all kinds of family members and friends have it. Love is present and sticks around, but sometimes it leaves, too – but that doesn’t erase it, just creates distance and that’s ok. Keeping an eye out for what fills the gaps is the juice of this tale. Every coin has its other side – every tale has its beginning and end – and so often they overlap. Abandonment provides an opportunity for rescue and service; loyalty is valued and recognized most when one has been betrayed. Doesn't make it better, just presents a different aspect of overcoming challenges.

    A lovely book. I also recommend a Fish in a Tree by the same author. Both are books written for ages 10+. Lynda Mullaly Hunt A book that makes us think about families and our traditional views of them and friends and glitter and glue.
    This book is my glue.
    Love it. Lynda Mullaly Hunt There is something magical about the team of Nancy Paulsen and Lynda Mullaly Hunt!

    Shouting at the Rain is the story of Delsie who lives with her grandma while trying to navigate feelings of being abandoned...by her mother when she was a baby and now by her best friend. Delsie has always felt energized by the storms that brew off the Cape, but now that her entire life feels like a storm is on the horizon, Delsie is feeling fragile and insecure about her family and its missing pieces, as well as how she fits with her friend Brandy and Tressa, the new girl on the scene. This is a true heartprint book about love, loss, friendship and moving forward. I can’t wait to get this in the hands of my students! Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    Delsie loves tracking the weather--lately, though, it seems the squalls are in her own life. She's always lived with her kindhearted Grammy, but now she's looking at their life with new eyes and wishing she could have a regular family. Delsie observes other changes in the air, too--the most painful being a friend who's outgrown her. Luckily, she has neighbors with strong shoulders to support her, and Ronan, a new friend who is caring and courageous but also troubled by the losses he's endured. As Ronan and Delsie traipse around Cape Cod on their adventures, they both learn what it means to be angry versus sad, broken versus whole, and abandoned versus loved. And that, together, they can weather any storm. Shouting at the Rain

    A few years ago a friend gave me a mug that said...

    I don't want to just read books....I want to climb inside them and live there.

    If I could climb inside this book and live there with the characters, I would. Living in an area with some pretty violent storms isn't exactly high on my list, but to be part of that group of friends and neighbors that all live in those four houses at the end of that dirt road, who love each other truly and fiercely, who are always there for each other no matter what, that have a bond that can never be broken, those people who are more family than blood relations, yeah, I would gladly live with all those Nor 'easters to be a part of that family.

    I didn't know that it was possible for Lynda Mullaly Hunt to write a book more special and heartwarming than Fish in a Tree, but she certainly has done it with this one. It's one of my absolute favorite middle grade books of 2019. Lynda Mullaly Hunt I'm giving this book eight out of five stars.

    I always say that if it from Nancy Paulsen Books, it will be amazing....this book, from one of my favorite authors, is the absolute best. Delsie, Grammy, Ronin and a cast of mostly lovable characters have stolen my heart. I love a lot of books, this is my new favorite middle grade book. There are so many quotable parts that gently teach lessons we all need.

    Available everywhere in May, I highly recommend this book. Lynda Mullaly Hunt Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Penguin. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.

    I have to say that for a book that brought on the weather references hot and heavy in the summary, it definitely didn’t provide much weather references in the book. To be honest, I forgot most of the time that Delsie was supposed to be into weather. It kind of would pop up randomly, and I was pretty ready for all the drops in pressure…or weather names.

    And this was CLEARLY the most important thing to start off this review with, lol

    From the summary, this book definitely seems like it will bring on the feels – and for the most part, it does a pretty decent job. Delsie is trying to figure her way through a summer at her home in Cape Cod. Her best friend for the summer isn’t what she was used to; she’s dealing with a best friend stealer/girl that constantly makes fun of her; making new friends; dealing with who she is and where she fits in the world/her makeshift family; and more about her absent mother.

    There were a few things that I really enjoyed about this book. The most emotional part for me about this book was Delsie dealing with her crumbling friendship with Brandy once Brandy meets a shinier new friend, and the pain she deals with. The new friendships she makes and renews really was such a highlight of this book, and I loved reading her struggle since it was so real. The friendships in this book were total goals, and Delsie and Ronan were gems. Other things I loved was there was just a general feeling of hope and lightness and happy feels; the huge aspect of family; and it was super easy to read (I legit read it in two sittings).

    There were a few things I was not a fan of. The writing was a bit odd in parts. Not the writing itself but like the lingo? I couldn’t quite tell when/where I was. I thought I was in the South for a long time before I realized it was Cape Cod. And it also felt a little old timey? They would use words that I don’t see modern kids saying or knowing. It was just a bit odd. I also didn’t feel much as I wanted to? Like, I was ready to be dissolving in feels, and like, everything kind of felt like I never got in super deep. I mean, I connected and rooted a bit, but I never fully invested. Also, this is definitely a very character driven novel, so it can feel like it wanders around for most of it.

    Overall, it was a nice easy breezy read, and it definitely did bring a great summer feel. It shows fantastic moments of friendship and family, but I didn’t fully connect as much as I wanted to, for sure.

    rating: 3 crowns and a Belle rating
    representation: n/a
    content warnings: absentee parents (one dealing with substance abuse issues that is only discussed briefly but not shown) Lynda Mullaly Hunt To me, this was kind of like a quiet book. While dealing with so many important issues and themes, it wasn't in your face like so many other Middle Grade Books I have read before (love those also).

    I really enjoyed the setting of this story, Cape Code, and Delsie was a great character. I usually LOVE books where one of the other main characters is a much older person. Delsie's mother is gone, and she is taken care of by her Grammy. Delsie is very much at a coming-of-age time in her life - she is seeing so many changes within her life and her surroundings. She is growing out of an old friendship and finding a new one in the boy who is new on the Cape, who has many problems of his own. There is quite a bit about bullying, and how Delsie learns to deal with and overcome it. She also spends some time longing for her absent mother and a regular family, and I love how she realizes that so many others love and accept her as if she was their own. She often felt abandoned by her mother but comes to know that she is never really alone. Family is so much more than blood and having the same name!

    (LOVED the Author's note at the end!) Lynda Mullaly Hunt It's not what you look at that counts, but what you see.

    This is the story of two kids (a girl named Delsie and a boy named Ronin), both of whom are unhappy because one is missing both parents and one is missing a mother. Each is lonely, especially Delsie when one of her summer friends has become chummy with a mean girl named Tressa. Happily, they find each other and discover that they have love and support from their remaining relatives and neighbors. Hunt has cloaked important life advise throughout the book too. Lynda Mullaly Hunt

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