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Hurricane Child

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,805 ratings  ·  447 reviews
Prepare to be swept up by this exquisite novel that reminds us that grief and love can open the world in mystical ways.

Twelve-year-old Caroline is a Hurricane Child, born on Water Island during a storm. Coming into this world during a hurricane is unlucky, and Caroline has had her share of bad luck already. She's hated by everyone in her small school, she can see things t
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Scholastic
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jv poore
Sometimes I’m stunned by how hard a Middle Grade book can hit me. Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender serves as a stellar example.

Caroline is complex, particularly for an adolescent island-girl. She is carrying a bunch of baggage, and has no one to help with the load.

Years ago, an emptiness began to eat at her. Her mother inexplicably abandoned Caroline and her father. With her dad working all the time, and avoiding her questions when he was around, a frustration began to build and threaten to
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
3.5 stars. Wasn't bad by any means, but the story as a whole was a little bit all over the place and I struggled to follow it at times.
What an amazing, complex, moving portrayal of a young queer black girl from Water Island in the Caribbean. Caroline's story is about grief, love, family, queer crushes, bullying, shadism, (internalized) homophobia, and friendship. It has a lovely poetic, magical realism to it. It felt very authentic to a twelve year old's world while is dealt with 'adult' issues but never simplified or talked down. This book was a wonderful reminder of how deeply children feel.
The Bookavid
Jul 24, 2017 marked it as to-read
i love this cover SO MUCH. so so much
ONYX Pages
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pure. Magical. Authentic.

Exactly what I needed... decades ago.

But, also now.

Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, middle-grade
Vivid and poetic. I'd add it to my books that should be movies shelf, but a movie would not be able to do the prose justice. Reminded me a bit of When Marnie Was There. There is so much packed into this 200 page book, and yet no question goes unanswered by the time you've made the journey.
Rebel Women Lit
Mar 27, 2018 added it
Shelves: arcs
There is a phrase in Kheryn Callender’s Hurricane Child that comes to mind when I think of this book, “exquisitely beautiful,” and truly, there are only a handful of alternative word combinations that can just as aptly describe this debut.

Callender’s handling of bullying, first loves, queer love and family is the kind of literature we want, no, *need* our kids to grow up on. The author expertly captures what it means to be a child of the Caribbean, highlighting experiences so universal among us
Bogi Takács
Really enjoyed this Afro-Caribbean magical-realist MG novel, and it definitely has an older crossover audience allllll the way up to adult. Longer review soonish IY"H. F/F relationship and trans author! Also spirituality.

For adults I think it pairs really well with Craig Laurance Gidney's (upcoming) A Spectral Hue, and Akwaeke Emezi's Freshwater, I just read three of these books quasi-simultaneously and it was such a great experience.

I want to say more about all this but I want to post this qui
Vee S
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay. I barely have words for how good this book is. Do yourself a favor and pre-order it now.
This reads like it should be a classic.
Feb 01, 2018 added it
#RWLChallenge: A book written by a trans or non-binary author of colour.

Full review forthcoming via Rebel Women Lit.
This book was not for me. Not only were the main characters unlikable, but the themes in this story seemed much too heavy to be geared toward young readers (now, I know, depending on where children grow up and what their sexual orientation is, or what their home life is like, this story isn't any worse than what they've experienced, but the way this story is written doesn't seem like it would bring a reader in, especially a young reader. The writing style, to me, doesn't seem as if it were writt ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is SO GOOD. Wow. Wow! I loved everything about it. I want every kid to have access to it.

This is a middle grade book with excellent writing that deals with real issues in a complex way. It feels like the author really understands young people and trusts them to manage very complicated experiences with careful consideration and bravery. I loved the main character and the way she perceived and experienced the world. I loved the way queerness was talked about and felt. I loved the story
Dov Zeller
I'm trying my best to keep this unspoilerific so leaving some things a bit vague.

Beautiful beautiful beautiful book. Atmospheric, vivd, emotionally rich, profoundly complex, heart-breaking and joyful and heart breaking and joyful and heart breaking and joyful. There are no uncomplicated happy endings, but as far as queer books go, I'm glad the ending was as it was, brimming with hope. There is some homophobia. there is also queer love and complicated relationships and sweet adventures.

I liked how it handled the journeys of all three characters: our lead (being a baby lesbian, feeling abandoned, being bullied); her best friend (internalized homophobia, dealing with peer pressure); and her mother (dealing with depression, and finding self fulfillment) and how each worked through their own emotions to get to a better place. It’s a very beautiful little little book.
Hurricane Child is a slow and beautiful story about a girl trying to navigate through her loneliness and the relationships in her life. I really felt I was on the Virgin Islands with the visceral descriptions of the sea and town, the way Caroline moves through her world is so confident and natural, but tinged with a slowness because of her grief. idk. Kalinda was such a good character and I loved her way of speaking her thoughts and how deep she was; the stuff she thought about reminded me of be ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This gorgeous and heartfelt novel is not one to miss. I don't think I've ever read a setting so tangibly depicted. Everything about Caroline's reality comes soaring to life as you enter her world, and you won't want to leave until you find out what has happened to her mother. This one has earned a permanent spot on my shelf.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a really beautiful book. It would've been great to read this when I was twelve, I think.
Abby Johnson
Caroline's mother has left and she has no idea why. Ever since she was little, Caroline has seen things that others can't see, but she has no idea what it means. When a new girl shows up at her school, inspiring new and intriguing feelings in Caroline, she agrees to help Caroline find her mother. As a child born during a hurricane, Caroline hopes she'll be able to weather any storm, but this one will test her to the limits.

This book had its moments, but it was a little unfocused at times. Betwe
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
This is an absolutely beautiful, often heartbreaking, novel. The first-person descriptions of the twelve-year-old main character being bullied just about broke me. I love that coming out to herself was part of her story, but there were so many things going on in the MC's life, and they all felt 100% true to the story and the narrative voice. I don't know where to begin to describe a short middle-grade book that does so many things to perfection except to say Hurricane Child is an amazi
Kat B.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I felt immediately drawn into the mind and heart of the young character and her complicated and powerful feelings. I was right there with her as she experienced the first turbulent, shocking waves of love, and as she tried to understand her relationship to home/family. I loved her fierce confidence, her magic, and the way she changed throughout the book. I love that this book exists for kids and adults- we need more books that normalize queer love, especially written by and ab ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
There aren't enough books about little girls who struggle to feel love while trying to reconcile their romantic feelings for other girls. Caroline Murphy grows up on Water Island and rides a boat to school on St Thomas. This depiction of the U.S. Virgin Islands is much more real than images created to promote tourism and you can tell there are whole worlds hidden from outsiders.
•°• gabs •°•
trigger warnings for: racism, bullying, violence, homophobia.

this was really deep and serious for a middle grade novel and it made SOME points. 4.5 stars
Saajid Hosein
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This was pretty good. 3.5
Priscilla (Bookie Charm)
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
It was like the world got confused and turned upside down, and we were floating on the stars, and above our heads were the jellyfish and the sea.

This book is so dam beautiful and I felt so tingly and charged after reading it. Kheryn Callender is from St. Thomas and was able to craft such an exquisitely beautiful, haunting, and magical story about a queer black girl from an island in the Caribbean. The writing is so vivid and at times I felt a bit of sensory overload. So while I quite enjoyed l
Kristen Merke
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The last few chapters of this book hit me like a ton of bricks. Jeez. There is no way I'd consider this middle grade fiction. This is an incredible story about a young girl searching for truth in the world.
Emily (moonlight&moths)
An infinite number of universes and an infinite amount of time, and we were able to meet each other. We could have been born millions of years apart, but we were able to meet each other and fall in love. That's a true miracle isn't it?"

black sapphic mc & li

I need a minute. This book was an incredible reading experience, I wish I'd had something like this to read when I was in middle school. The main character Caroline is a young girl who struggles with loss, loneliness and d
Chance Lee
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-fic
Hurricane Child is about a young girl in the Virgin Islands whose mother abandons her, who is bullied, and who develops a crush on a female classmate. The book address issues of racism, colorism, homophobia and also takes some insane detours into spiritualism and parallel worlds. So much is packed into a short book. The writing is lyrical and literary and I just loved it.

Good quotes: "I think we must be closer to being alive than adults. They've been alive too long to remember the passion of liv
the first 60 pages of this were really hard to get through. caroline is going THROUGH it. this has some serious, big emotional depth especially for a middle grade novel.

caroline spent the whole novel like 'adults never take me seriously. they don't know shit' which i love. she's such a great character. she has such a fury about her, such a righteous anger. so well-formed.

the second half of this novel really picked up and had a great pace. i loved caroline as a main character. i stan.
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
Lush and vivid, Hurricane Child presents a story about a queer girl finding her place, first love, and her mother's love. A lovely lies beyond its lovely cover. The poetic language hooks you until its last word. Also, though it's a middle-school read, it often feels like a young adult book. Amazing.

Well-worth a read. 4/5
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