Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Delsie loves tracking the weather, living with her grandmother, and the support of friends and neighbors, but misses having a “regular family,” especially after her best friend outgrows her.

Having read Fish in a Tree, I sort of knshoutingew what to expect with Hunt’s newest middle grade novel, Shouting at the Rain. Hunt again proves she can deliver on providing realistic situations and challenging themes–like how friendships change and evolve.
Even many years later, I can remember the feelings associated with a crumbling friendship.  As a middle grader, I would have loved having access to a book that demonstrated how to navigate that difficult time. I’m glad that Delsie was able to find acceptance with other friends, including Ronan; and that their relationship remained platonic. There were too many themes explored to also introduce crushes and romantic feelings.

Although many serious themes were explored, the book never felt dark. It ended with a great message about family, friends and remaining optimistic. A great choice for a classroom read aloud.

“I feel silly for having shouting at the rain, complaining about living under a cloud. Thing is, the sun is always in the sky-it just gets hidden sometimes.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog Stats

  • 33,530 hits

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 153 other followers


Check out my books on Goodreads:
%d bloggers like this: