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Shouting at the Rain

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  275 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Delsie loves tracking the weather--lately, though, it seems the squalls are in her own life. She's always lived with her kindhearted Grammy, but now she's looking at their life with new eyes and wishing she could have a "regular family." Delsie observes other changes in the air, too--the most painful being a friend who's outgrown her. Luckily, she has neighbors with strong ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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Julie Kirchner
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is something magical about the team of Nancy Paulsen and Lynda Mullaly Hunt!

Shouting at the Rain is the story of Delsie who lives with her grandma while trying to navigate feelings of being her mother when she was a baby and now by her best friend. Delsie has always felt energized by the storms that brew off the Cape, but now that her entire life feels like a storm is on the horizon, Delsie is feeling fragile and insecure about her family and its missing pieces, as well as h
Tj Shay
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this book eight out of five stars.

I always say that if it from Nancy Paulsen Books, it will be amazing....this book, from one of my favorite authors, is the absolute best. Delsie, Grammy, Ronin and a cast of mostly lovable characters have stolen my heart. I love a lot of books, this is my new favorite middle grade book. There are so many quotable parts that gently teach lessons we all need.

Available everywhere in May, I highly recommend this book.
Michele Knott
A book that makes us think about families and our traditional views of them and friends and glitter and glue.
This book is my glue.
Love it.
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Penguin. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.

I have to say that for a book that brought on the weather references hot and heavy in the summary, it definitely didn’t provide much weather references in the book. To be honest, I forgot most of the time that Delsie was supposed to be into weather. It kin
Laura Gardner
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 for Shouting at the Rain by @lyndamullalyhunt; thanks to @penguinkids for the ARC to share with #kidlitexchange! .

Lynda Mullaly Hunt is one of the most popular authors in my middle school library. I have multiple copies of both Fish in a Tree and One for the Murphys and they are frequently all checked out (see pic). For that reason and because I love both books myself, I was VERY eager to get my hands on Shouting at the Rain and see if Hunt could do it again. And by "do it" I mean tug
Robin Hoffman
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without reiterating the plot as well described by others, it's Lynda's ability to write very complete characters that's always impressive. You always feel you really know these people and have a view into their hearts and minds. Readers are in for a treat when the book releases in May 2019.
Lorie Barber
Well, Delsie and Olive and Grammy and Ronan and Emse and Henry. You did it. You imprinted on my heart and I will never forget you.

Delsie, you are teaching me so much. I am a recent orphan. I am learning - from you - that family is who you make it. The ones who stand you even on your worst days. The ones that love you the most when you deserve it the least. I am learning - from you - to talk about my feelings, my grief, my hurt. And I am incredibly grateful.

But I’m not only grateful for me. I h
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Delsie is being raised by her offbeat-yet-caring grandmother on Cape Cod. It's fine, but she can't help wondering why she doesn't have typical parents. Her unease grows as her friend group starts changing and shifting, until her life feels like one of the storms she likes to track. Enter Ronan, an unexpected and unconventional ally who has been through the wringer himself. Their tenuous friendship grows as they connect over shared experiences of loss and feeling like you don't belong...anywhere. ...more
Heather Jensen
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Move over Carley and Ally, Delsie and Ronan need a little room to grow in my heart as well. Lynda Mullaly Hunt once again brings her characters to life through honesty, heartbreak, love, tears, laughter, and friendship. Delsie and Ronan handle their similar situations in different ways, but in the end they both learn that they are loved and together they can handle whatever is thrown their way. They discover that they their own strong shoulders as they support the ones they love. I am in love wi ...more
Kirsti Call
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful, moving and beautifully written story of how loss and love.
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, physical-2019
What an adorable and though-provoking MG book.

FRTC as part of the blog tour.


Full review can be found here:

If you or someone you know has been searching for a delightful middle grade book that deals with challenging topics, look no further. This book felt like a powerhouse. It felt necessary and I’m thankful it will be out in the world next month. I wish there had been books like this when I was young, it might have helped so much.

A lot happens
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Edelweiss for the eARC!

I've seen firsthand how important ONE FOR THE MURPHYS and FISH IN A TREE are for middle grade students, and SHOUTING AT THE RAIN is going to strongly resonate with them as well. Delsie is figuring out her world with so much strength and determination, and she learns a lot of hard truths in this book. But those truths come with so much love and perspective and friendship. The secondary characters in this book are truly outstanding -- from Henry and Esme, to Gramm
Ms. Yingling
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
ARC provided by Follett First Look

Delsie lives in an East Coast seaside resort town with her Grammy. It's always been just the two of them, and Grammy is reticent about Delsie's parents. Things are a little tough, but the two make do with a support network of friends. As summer starts, Delsie's two best friends from school are involved in a local production of Annie, but her summer friend, Brandy, is back at her family's cottage. Unfortunately, Brandy has become more mature, wearing fancy clothe
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since I finished reading this, I've been marveling at what a great example of a middle grade book it is. The kids in this novel are dealing with challenging circumstances (absent parents due to addiction, death, or emotional abandonment; significant financial insecurities), their emotions are powerful and confusing (equal parts love and anger), their friendships are changing (for better and for worse), and their sense of the world -- their understanding of situations, people, and their own ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Edelweiss+ provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I love Lynda Mullaly Hunt, and her newest book is no exception. I'm a character-driven reader, and there wasn't one character in this book that I didn't feel strongly about. Delsie, our narrator, is strong and independent and kind and accepting. She interacts with many different friends and friend groups throughout the book, which I think is something many kids experience--they don't necessarily have a "best" friend, but
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely story of a young "Caper" who lives with her Grammy after her mother left her as a baby. Delsie's long anticipated summer is suddenly beset with changes all around her, especially her mainland friend who arrives with a mean girl in tow.

Friendships, the definition of family, and the ability to be true to oneself and the courage to stand up for that are central to the story. A fun look at being a resident in a tourist destination too.

The story wraps up very neatly but is none the less sati
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Just an ok middle grade novel about what makes a friend and a family. I feel like I've read this before and I think it's because there has been such an influx of middle grade novels very similar to this. I struggled with the characters in this because simultaneously it felt like they were getting younger as time went on while also having incredibly grown-up conversations about complex feelings and comparing the wind to anger. Maybe that's because that's what being a pre-teen really feels like? E ...more
Jennifer Mangler
Being a fan of Hunt's previous books I was very much looking forward to reading this new one. Though I liked it quite a bit, it did not grab my heart as much as they did. The weather metaphors felt a bit forced. Honestly, you could get rid of them and still have a great story. Hunt has created wonderful characters to care about, and they are the reason you should read this book.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher for this free review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It was almost immediately after starting this book that I thought, “I want to be Delsie’s friend.” I absolutely LOVED this main character! Lynda Mullaly Hunt does a great job of creating female main characters that you feel like you could be immediate friends with. If you loved One for the Murphy’s and Fish in a Tree, you will love this one too! This comes out in May and you will not want to miss it!
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a perfect book for the junior grades. It has well-developed characters and touches on so many important themes including family, friendships, mental health, and community. I absolutely loved it!
Niki (Daydream Reader)
Another beautiful heart print book! I love Lynda's books!
Jodi Griffin
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. Loved the setting...could COMPLETELY imagine every scene in the story. Totally worth a read!!! (I read it in two nights if that says anything!!!!)
Anry Nil
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story about learning what friendship and family truly mean.
I don’t know if things have changed since when I was told to rate a book as one star and mark it as read, when it was never received, so I’m going to do so at this point. I win it as a Goodreads Giveaway *thank you* and it never arrived. It says they were sent out April 4th and it’s nowhere, so I want to thank GR’s and the Publisher for creating these giveaways as well as the authors who write these incredible stories. I’m incredibly grateful for the chance, however will have to close the chapte ...more
Ernio Hernandez
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A well-spun tale of a middle-grade girl whose life swells its own storms one summer at the Cape. The barefoot local finds herself suddenly adrift as friends' lives shift away from her and she's forced to deal with her motherless past. Amid all this turmoil, she finds hope in new and familiar faces.

Another poignant life journey centered on a strong, young heroine from the author who did it so well in "Fish in a Tree" and "One for the Murphys."

A great summer read for young and old stormchasers.
Bonnie Grover
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Family isn’t really about blood and having the same last name. It’s made by the people who love you.” I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially for students who are being raised by grandparents and single parents. Delsie is my hero. I enjoyed watching her grow into a strong friend. “ Some friends are glitter and some friends are glue.” A great book to share with a friend over a tall shoulder-strong jar of tea.
Shannon Navin
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shouting at the Rain is the story of twelve-year-old Delsie who lives on Cape Cod with her grandmother. Her grandmother and grandfather are the only family that Delsie can remember and her grandmother refuses to talk about her mother at all. The absence of a mother and father is beginning to trouble Delsie as she gets older and lately, she’s become obsessed with the idea that she wishes she had a ‘normal’ family.

On this particular summer, Delsie has been eagerly awaiting the return of her lifelo
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Just like Ally (Fish in a Tree) and Carley (One for the Murphys), Lynda Mullaly Hunt has created a third character who has come to live in my heart—Delsie who is always barefooted and lives by the news from her weather station.

Delsie was raised by her game-show-watching Grammy and grandfather, Papa Joseph, since her mother deserted her shortly after birth. None of them ever knew who her father is. However, Delsie never thought of herself as an orphan until the complicated summer which began when
Interest Level: 5-8

Do you know what it feels like to be an orphan? If you have love and people around you that are family but not by blood, are you truly an orphan? Delsie spends a lot of time wondering why her mom left her and not enough time appreciating the grandmother that has loved and raised her. Not only is Delsie dealing with a missing mom, she is also dealing with a missing best friend, even though she is right in front of her. Brandy comes to Cape Cod every summer since she was little
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