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I read Rain Reign by Ann M Martin over the holiday break. It was a great book and is one of the RICBA Nominees for 2016. The story is about a girl named Rose Howard, she has Asperger's Syndrome, which is a form of Autism. Basically, she's very smart, she just thinks differently then other kids her age. For example, she loves homonyms and keeps a written list of all the ones she can think of. She also loves prime numbers and sometimes when she's nervous she recites prime numbers to help her feel more in control. Unfortunately Rose is just a kid, so there are a lot of things in life that are out of her control. She sometimes has trouble in school, and at home it's just her and her Dad. Her Dad has his own problems with control, which can be scary for Rose (and the reader). Luckily Rose has a best friend, (Rain, her dog), a terrific Uncle, and a sympathetic teacher. They all play a role in helping Rose deal with her problems.
This really was a very good book, emotional and surprisingly uplifting. Rose Howard is a character that you will really care about. This would be a great book to read out loud for mature students.