Rain Reign

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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.

Paperback, 256 pages
Published on January 10, 2017 by Square Fish
ISBN-10: 1250073979
ISBN-13: 9781250073976
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  • borntoswim
    borntoswimSaturday, September 13, 2014 at 5:23 pmFeatured
    "Rain Reign" is a sad but moving story. Ann M. Martin, the author is one of my favorite writers and all of her books are amazing. This one definitely didn't disappoint. Meet Rose Howard, a fifth-grader who is obsessed with homonyms, rules, and prime numbers. She lives in a small town with just her father and uncle, and suffers from sever autism. Due to her inability to interact well with other humans, her best friends is her dog, Rain, who her father found at the back of his pub one night. They live a quiet, content life, until a Hurricane Susan hits leaving total destruction in it's wake. Worst yet, Rain, her longtime companion is missing. But the hunt the finding her dog might lead to much more. The books starts out slow because the first part is mostly just background information, but after the hurricane hits it gets exciting so just stick with it. I have to admit the main character was a little annoying at first but she grows on you. Overall, it is a sweet story like "Out of my Mind" or "Wonder" that will leave you in tears.
    • nancydrew963
      nancydrew963Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 12:10 pm
      "Rain Reign" is about a homonym-crazed fifth grader named Rose Howard. Rose lives in the tiny town of Hatford with her mechanic father, and hangs out with her uncle often. Though she doesn't have much, her most prized possession is her dog, Rain. She was a stray found by Rose's father one day and the family decided to keep her because she didn't have identification. Overall, this book was decent. I didn't like it so much because I thought the main character was a bit annoying with homonyms left and right (write), sprinkled in the book just like i just displayed. There are few mature themes involved in the story because the protagonist is an innocent, naive young girl, but there are mentions of drinking. i would recommend this book to kids in elementary school or early middle-schoolers.
      • maddyp18
        maddyp18Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 5:17 pm55 starsFeatured
        I loved this book so so so so so so so so so so much!!!!!! It is a great realistic fiction story! It is about a girl named Rose who loves homophones. Even her name has a homophone. But when her dog named Rain gets lost in a hurricane called Hurricane Susan ( her dog also has a homophone in her name ), she is super sad. Through her search for Rain, Rose figures out a lot of things that have happened in the past to both her, and her dad. I think the message in this story is ''Treat Other People The Way You Want To Be Treated''. In this story my favorite character is Rose because she thinks more about other people than herself. In this story my favorite part was when Rose and her dad said sorry to each another. I think this story was written more for girls than boys because there are girl issues in it. I hope you like it!!!!!!!!!!
        • bibliophile
          bibliophileThursday, September 4, 2014 at 9:30 pmFeatured
          This story is a MUST READ if you like any sweet stories or if you enjoyed Wonder. It's kind of similar to Wonder... but at the same time it isn't. This is such a witty, calm read. I really enjoyed it, and it just melts your heart when you read this story. It starts off with the "main character" Rose, and she enjoys and is obsessed with homonyms. Rose has a special syndrome, which makes her act like how she is: ALWAYS following the rules, and having a homonym list. One day Rose's father finds a dog, and Rose named it Rain, because they found it in the rain, and because the word rain has homonyms. Later on, when they heard about Hurricane Susan is going to visit, they start getting busy, and preparing. But that night Rain's father, Wesley, let Rain go outside to do her business. But now Rain is missing? Will Rose be able to find Rain, with her Uncle Weldon? Will there be more problems adding up with this story? It's up to you to READ and FIND OUT... you won't regret it, READ IT!!!!!
          • sweetpicks
            sweetpicksThursday, September 4, 2014 at 5:50 pm55 starsFeatured
            Meet Rose Howard, a girl who is obsessed with homonyms, prime numbers, and rules. Her class mates don't understand why she is obsessed, or why she gets all the special attention. The reason being is because she has a syndrome called Asperger's. Her Uncle Weldon and her dog Rain, (Rein, Reign) seem to be the only ones who understand her. Her father, who is almost never around let's Rain, out in a superstorm. After finding her, Rose will have to make a hard decision, on weather she gets to keep Rain, or say good bye, to her. At first I thought this book was a little annoying with all the little details, but by the end of the book, Rose and her homonyms had grown on me. All in all it was worth reading.
            • lsf1
              lsf1Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm44 starsFeatured
              Rose Howard has Asperger's syndrome, the result being she is obsessed with homonyms and prime numbers. It is harder for her to make friends and do well in school, and she struggles with her inpatient, single father as well. Rose's dog, Rain (Reign), makes everything better, though, keeping Rose company after school whether father is at work or a bar. But one night during a hurricane, Rose's father lets Rain out, and she gets lost. WIll Rose be able to find Rain, or will something get in the way? I thought this book was pretty good, but the ending was a little less dramatic then the summary suggested.

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