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Hurricane Child

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,798 ratings  ·  665 reviews
Caroline Murphy is a Hurricane Child.

Being born during a hurricane is unlucky, and 12-year-old Caroline has had her share of bad luck lately. She's hated and bullied by everyone in her small school on St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, a spirit only she can see won't stop following her, and -- worst of all -- Caroline's mother left home one day and never came back.

But wh
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Scholastic
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Jan 04, 2021 added it
[Book #7 for my grad school Children's Lit class] ...more
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. ...more
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. ...more
ONYX Pages
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pure. Magical. Authentic.

Exactly what I needed... decades ago.

But, also now.

Jun 06, 2020 marked it as to-read
After my experience reading King and the Dragonflies, I definitely want to pick this one up this month.

Callender's writing screams, PAY ATTENTION, and I'm here for that.

Jul 24, 2017 marked it as to-read
i love this cover SO MUCH. so so much
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, lgbtq
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. ...more
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
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
Erin Kelly
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect MG novel. The plot was driven by compelling, three-dimensional characters. The story was infused with subtle magic and covert supernaturalness that felt organically woven into the world-building. The story never moved too quickly or too slowly. I loved Caroline. This was just an incredible book.
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.
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 reads like it should be a classic.
Rebel Women Lit
Mar 27, 2018 added it
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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
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
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. ...more
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
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.

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. ...more
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.
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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
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book right when the world started falling into chaos, so I'm not sure how coherent this review will be. This is one of those books that I might have to reread because I feel like I will appreciate it more the second time around when I have more mental energy to dedicate to reading. That said, I adored this book. It was lovely and poignant and gorgeous. Kacen Callender has a way with words, and I'm definitely going to read more of their works.

This middle-grade novel follows
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

Rep: Caribbean cast, sapphic mc, sapphic li, deaf side character, side character with depression

CWs: homophobia, bullying, parental abandonment, past attempted suicide of a side character
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, 2020, middle-grade
Following 12-year-old Caroline, a complex island-girl with a lot on her plate. Years ago, her mother abandoned her and her father without explanation. And with her father working all the time, and when he is around, constantly avoiding Caroline's questions, the weight of frustration and loneliness becomes too much for young Caroline to bear. She begins to become consumed with negative thoughts and emotions and anger and is feeling very alone.

That is until she meets Kalinda. Kalinda is a new stud
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
rachel ☾

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

Representation: Water Islander sapphic mc; Barbadian sapphic li; Water Islander sc w/ depression; Barbadian & Deaf sc.

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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
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Kacen Callender is a Saint Thomian author of children's fiction and fantasy, best known for their Stonewall Book Award and Lambda Literary Award-winning middle grade debut Hurricane Child. Their fantasy novel, Queen of the Conquered, is the 2020 winner of the World Fantasy Award and King and the Dragonflies won the 2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

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