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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  20,227 ratings  ·  3,175 reviews
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 e ...more
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
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It's fantastic book, I highly recommend.
“It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world.…more
Depends on the 10 yr. old.
It's fantastic book, I highly recommend.
“It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”
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Sasha in the book it says "Most of my classmates are ten years old or about to turn eleven. I'm almost twelve..." she is in fifth grade because she stayed b…morein the book it says "Most of my classmates are ten years old or about to turn eleven. I'm almost twelve..." she is in fifth grade because she stayed back a grade.(less)

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Susan Crowe
How in the world do (due, dew) you (ewe) even rate or (oar) review a book like this??? I can't even put the emotions I am feeling right (write, rite) now into words. My head hurts right now from crying. READ THIS!!!!! ...more
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, ya, contemps
3.5 stars.

Review originally posted at Mostly YA Lit

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A compelling character study of a girl with high-functioning autism, Rain Reign is a middle-grade novel with a deceptively simple writing style. When I first started the novel, I immediately thought it might be a little too young for me. Middle-grade readers might feel the same, but teachers/parents/librarians should encourage kids to stick with this one: Rose, the narrator and protagon
Oct 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I find myself sucked in to novels (often with first-person narration) of the travails of a high-functioning autistic kid, hoping the author will "get it right", only to be ultimately underwhelmed by gimmickry, or gooey feel-good-ery.

Rain Reign, a (presumably) YA novel featuring 10 year-old fifth grader Rose Howard from rural New York with a obsessive fascination for homonyms (not homophones, there is a difference!), a penchant for over-strict adherence to the rules, and a dog named Rain (yep, a
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A sweet, sad story told from the point of a mildly autistic girl who is misunderstood, tries every day to be who others want her to be, and loves her dog. A great narrative voice.
Carrie Gelson
I started and finished this book in one sitting. Before the rest of the house was awake. I couldn't imagine putting it down. Rose is a girl I might have met, but this novel gave me a deeper peek into how she ticks and for this, I am very grateful to Ann M. Martin. Any title that helps a teacher think bigger, better, more carefully about students that may come our way, is a true gift. Rose may do a lot of things very differently. She also does a lot much more bravely. Such a read. ...more
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
If you were thinking, "Oh, I know Ann Martin. I've read her dog stories before. I don't need to read this one." Reconsider. This book is a great reminder why Ann Martin is a legend. Here she tackles high-functioning autism, a struggling parent, a thoughtful uncle and, of course, a lost dog. It all comes together in a heartbreaking tale of love, loss and small rays of hope and sunshine despite the rain.

Comp Title: Rules by Cynthia Lord

Dear 2015 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Committee,

I would like t
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Before I read this book, I showed it to my 10yo and asked if he wanted to read it first, since it had just been given one of the ALA awards. Now I'm glad that he declined because he's halfway through another book. I stayed up until the wee hours finishing this book, tense and sick to my stomach the whole time.

That's not to say the book isn't good. It's wonderful. It's a very real portrait of a girl on the autism spectrum, her struggles at school, and the solace she finds in caring for her dog. B
Ms. Yingling
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I finally get to share my book love for this one. Some books you get to the end and you just want to hug the book. It leaves you feeling like you don't want to read anything else for awhile because it will spoil the moment. Rain Reign was that book for me. I loved Rose and she reminded me of students that I have worked with. I had definite sweet spots for Rain and Uncle Weldon. And my heart broke some for Rose's dad who just was so real. I would love to read this one aloud to a class or share in ...more
Christy (TheReaderBee)

I was pretty excited to read Ann M. Martin’s Rain Reign. Martin’s The Baby-sitters Club books were a huge part of my childhood, I adored those books, but I hadn’t read anything by her since. I’m glad to have now changed that. I adored this book SO much.

Rose is such an amazing, complex character. She has Aspergers syndrome, as well as an obsession with homonyms and prime numbers. She explains all of this to us as we read the story, which is from her point of view. The relationship that Rose has w
Chadi Raheb
Jun 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in autism, dogs, and homophones

The afternoons are long. They seem to be full of empty space -- space between looking through the box and starting my homework, space between finishing my homework and starting dinner. I don't know what to do with the space. Rain used to fill it. How do you fill empty space?

This is a heart-melting story about a middle-grade girl named Rose (rows, roes) who is diagnosed with high-functioning autism, her dog Rain (reign, rein), homophones*, and how she is trying to do what is right even if it'
Rain Reign was one of my favorites many years ago, and I didn't love it as much this time around but I already knew the story, I have a MUCH higher reading level compared to that time, and I am not the target age range.

This is a story about a 12-year-old with Asperger's syndrome and her journey learning how to interact with "normal" kids and losing her dog. This book also details her life with her dad who doesn't know how to deal with Rose and he takes out his frustration by yelling at her.

I t
Jamie Oberheu
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rain Reign has 226 pages of engaging literature. In this book, Rose is our main character. She is a young girl about 11 years old. She has autism and loses her dog. She encounters everyday situations that all kids face. She has a teacher who is a bit annoying, her dad leaves her to fend for herself most of the time, and Rose has never had the chance to meet her mom. I gave this book 5 stars, because through the way the book is written we learn lessons of compassion and empathy for kids like Rose ...more
Ruby Rose
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book about a girl and a dog. It has been awhile since I read this book so tell me if I get something wrong. This girl has a disability that makes it so she loves finding words that are the same sounding but have totally different meanings. Then there is a storm that happens to bring a dog to her. She loves this dog but then when a family is looking for the exact same dog she is forced to give it back. What will happen to her and this dog read "Rain Reign" to find out. Great b ...more
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written story about Rose, a child obsessed with homonyms and 'prime number names', both manifestations of her high-functioning mild Aspergers condition. Rose lives with her father in a small upstate town in New York State. One wet day Rose's dad shows up with a stray dog who she names Rain - now they both have names that are also homonyms - a poetry not lost on Rose which also heightens her connection to the dog. A storm hits the area and Rain is lost. Rose is desperate to find her ...more
Jul 20, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars rounded down, because imo it's not fresh enough to be worth the hype.

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Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was SO good! But, it was really sad. I cried at one point... literally, tears were rolling down my cheeks. This may or may not spoil something, it depends on your point of view:
I have a dog, so it was even more sad.
Jennie Smith
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
If I could give it 100 stars, I would!
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so amazing! Rose is an elementary student, who has autism, and her dog Rain is her best friend. This book takes the reader on an amazing heartfelt journey of love, natural disasters, doing the right thing, and all with an adorable sprinkling of homophones throughout.
Leigh Anne
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book earns its fourth star by virtue of addressing Asperger's syndrome in girls, which occurs much less often than in boys. Any time somebody writes a book that consciously expands the range of people who can see themselves reflected in tween/teen lit, I'm very happy.

Rose loves homonyms, her Uncle Weldon, and her dog, Rain. She loves her dad, too, but it's an uneasy, uncertain kind of love. For one thing, he doesn't have a lot of patience for Rose's quirks (which, besides homonyms, include
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Sometimes I need a break from all the heavy reading material I indulge myself in, something that will just let my mind relax a bit. I love Ann M. Martin's books- her plot lines are always well woven together alongside vivid & vibrant characters. In a nutshell, RAIN REIGN is a story about a girl with Aspergers & her dog, but it's a lot more than that.

Fifth-grader Rose Howard lives with her father (he claims that Rose's mother has left them), along with her dog, Rain. Her uncle Weldon l
Barb Middleton
May 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: disability, autism
Rose Howard reigns in the world of prime numbers, homophones, and rules. Her autism makes it difficult for her to control the urge to yell in school. She lives with her father, a mechanic, who likes to drink at the Luck of the Irish pub after or during work. Fifth grader Rose lives with Rain, an abandoned dog that her dad found behind the pub, and the two are inseparable and left alone more than is good for a child. She's not too emotional and faces her father's shortcomings with stoicism. Her U ...more
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rose's father is not very patient with her. She's obsessed with prime numbers and homophones, has trouble making eye contact or conversations and is extremely sensitive to sounds that don't even register with most people. But he brings her a dog one rainy night and since the animal has no collar or tags, he tells Rose that they don't need to search for the dog's owner. Rose loves the dog and the feeling is mutual. We get the feeling that Rain's been traumatized in some way and she relies on Rose ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A friend of mine suggested this to me since I've been re-reading all the Babysitter's Graphix Books. I tend to forget that Ann M. Martin wrote other books, and I am SO GLAD my friend reminded me. This is the story of Rose and her dog, Rain.

Rose is on the spectrum. She lives with her single father who was an abused foster kid and her dog, Rain. Her Uncle Weldon drives her to and from school every day, and she feeds and walks her dog Rain every night before bed. Rose loves homonyms, Rain and Reig
Ashli Barrera
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am very glad I bought this book. It has lots of heart. If you want a heartful book with truth,and love,then I think that you should read it. I would recommend it to anyone,and I think everyone should read this. Also,the ending is so...I'm not sure what to's beautiful. Read it and I promise, you'll love it. :) ...more
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this! Rose has autism and loves homonyms. She lives with her dad, who one night brings home a dog he found. She names her Rain, and when she goes missing again Rose puts together a careful plan to find her. Rose is a great character and I loved her Uncle Weldon too. I cried and cried, and hugged my own dog a little tighter. A super quick read. Highly recommended.
Joy Kirr
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this in one day. Clever, sad, and hopeful. I cried a bit, and then cried a bit more. I don't know who to recommend this one to, but I do know it will have me thinking for some time. ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I don’t usually read YA books, every once in a while I have come across great selections that make me realize how some of them really are for all ages. Rain/Reign is one of those books. What a wonderful book! The story of Rose, a young girl with Asperger’s syndrome, told from her perspective as she goes through life living with her alcoholic father, going to school in an all-inclusive classroom, and finding her best friend in a lost dog. I was a second grade teacher for ten years, so I ...more
Rain Reign is the overly sentimental, melodramatic middle-grade fiction that some adults might find unrealistic and cliche, but I found it to be touching and a great relaxing read. Rain Reign is a story told by a girl with high functioning autism in her own words. She loves homonyms and uses them throughout the entire story. The main focus of the book is Rose's relationship with her dog Rain and her strained relationship with her father. Her father doesn't really have the patience to deal with R ...more
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Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer.

Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood me

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