Monday, April 04, 2016

Review: Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

From Goodreads: Rose Howard has Asperger’s syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms (even her name is a homonym). She gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Rain was a lost dog Rose’s father brought home. Rose and Rain are practically inseparable. And they are often home alone, as Rose’s father spends most evenings at a bar, and doesn’t have much patience for his special-needs daughter. Just as a storm hits town, 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. Rose will find Rain, but so will Rain’s original owners.

My Rating: 4 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: Way back in elementary school, I loved reading Ann M. Martin’s The Babysitter’s Club and Babysitters Little Sister series. So, when I saw her name on Rain Reign, I didn’t even bother reading the summary to see what Rain Reign was about.

When I began Rain Reign, I was a little worried that it might be too simplistic for me because it’s told from the perspective of a girl in Grade 5 who has Asperger’s syndrome and narrates her story using the rules she’s been taught about narrative writing. Rain Reign, however, did end up dealing with more mature themes. Rose, for example, has a mother who left her and an alcoholic father who doesn’t understand her. She has no friends at school due to impairments in social interaction (e.g. she constantly talks about prime numbers and homonyms, she needs everyone to follow the rules, etc.), and has been held back a year because her school isn’t equipped to deal with her needs. The only good things in Rose’s life appear to be her uncle and her dog, Rain.

Martin makes it really easy for the reader to root for Rose throughout the story. While I enjoyed Rain Reign, I know my younger self would have loved this book. I highly recommend it for kids in elementary and middle school!

Rain Reign was released by Feiwel and Friends in October 2014. 

Comments About the Cover: I like that the cover depicts the relationship between Rose and Rain.


  1. Ah, I knew I had heard that author's name somewhere - I didn't realize she was still writing books! I'm sure I would have adored this book too at a certain age... maybe even still very much at my age because some of my favourite reads involve companionship with animals in some way!

  2. Like you I was a huge Babysitter's Club fan. I haven't read anything by her since but I've heard rave reviews for this one. It's on the MG reading list for IL so I will hopefully get to it sometime this year. Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Can you believe I've never read The Babysitter's Club Z? WTH? I feel like I need to go read one immediately just to say I have! Glad this was a solid read for you if perhaps not quite outstanding as it would have been for your younger self:)

  4. I've actually never read anything by this author so I'm interested in this. I have a thing about reading books with animals though because they always seem so sad!

  5. I saw this at the library when I used to work there. I haven't read anything by Martin since the Babysitter books when I was younger, so I would be curious to check this one out. Sounds like it was done really well.



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