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The stated age range for the book is 11 to 13, an age I last saw 60 years ago. I shall strongly recommend this marvelous book to my six grandchildren, my wife, our three adult children and their spouses. Rain Reign made my mood soar as it broke my heart.
10 year old fifth grader Rose Howard is autistic, but extremely high functioning. She has aspects of Asperger's Syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder. She also has a heart of gold. Rose lives with her father with no mother present. The most important person in her life is really her father's brother (her uncle).
Rose is a rule follower in the extreme. That got he thrown off the school bus when she yelled "STOP!" to the bus driver when the driver failed to use a turn signal. She also enforces rules in her classroom.
Rose is absolutely obsessed with homophones and homonyms; finding a new pair, triple, or especially quadruple homophones to add to her carefully kept list is a major joy for her. She is also obsessed with prime numbers. When she gets upset she starts verbally listing prime numbers, "two, five, seven, eleven, seventeen.."
There is so much to this wonderful story, but for the sake of the reader/listener I will not reveal additional details. So I'll just say that listening to Rain Reign enriched my life as it brought tears flowing down my face.
The book is wonderful and the audiobook narration is perfect. I look forward to listening to it again. Rain Reign is so meaningful at so many levels.
Of the more than 1,000 books in my Audible library Rain Reign is the one book I shall cherish above all others.
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A beautiful story and narration. Rose became so endearing to me. I will always think of her and this story when I come upon a homonym.
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