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Shouting at the Rain

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  2,804 ratings  ·  447 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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Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I don’t typically dislike being in the minority because I can stand my ground, especially when it comes to book preferences, but I can’t help but be disappointed right now. This is an author that I have read twice before and both times she managed to impress me, plus this book was enjoyed by 98% of the people who have read it. Yet Shouting at the Rain is not as entertaining as Fish in a Tree or as moving as One for the Murphys. Actually, it’s somewhat annoying.

I liked the setting a lot. There’s
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Delsie is different on so many levels. And she’s growing. And her friends are changing. And making fun of her.

From the very beginning as I read this book as a grandmother, I judged. Not Delsie, but her mother. To a certain extent her caretaking grandmother, too. My hackles were up and I was outraged. Motherless Delsie deserved more. I was set up - because by the end of the book while things were not wand-resolved, Delsie and her friend Ronan (who had troubles of his own)
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
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.
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.
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
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
"It's not what you look at that counts, but what you see."

This is the story of two kids (a girl named Delsie and a boy named Ronin), both of whom are unhappy because one is missing both parents and one is missing a mother. Each is lonely, especially Delsie when one of her summer friends has become chummy with a mean girl named Tressa. Happily, they find each other and discover that they have love and support from their remaining relatives and neighbors. Hunt has cloaked important life advise
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
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.
Donna Merritt
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a charming story that my fourth and fifth grade library students will enjoy. It's about friendship, how you view your life, understanding others, family dynamics, neighborhoods, a range of emotions, and knowing when it's time to stand up for yourself and move on.

Delsie's mom left when she was young and her grandfather has died (her dad is not mentioned; not sure why). Grammy's great, but is it wrong of Delsie to envy families with moms and dads? And why is her best friend forever
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 at my
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A few years ago a friend gave me a mug that said...

"I don't want to just read books....I want to climb inside them and live there."

If I could climb inside this book and live there with the characters, I would. Living in an area with some pretty violent storms isn't exactly high on my list, but to be part of that group of friends and neighbors that all live in those four houses at the end of that dirt road, who love each other truly and fiercely, who are always there for each other no matter
Delsie is a young girl, who loves the weather, but now the weather disasters are entering her life. Soon, her best friend drops her like a hot potato and Delsie asks herself multiple times; why is this my life?

This book was very good. Well formatted but not as moving as I would have liked for it to be. My favorite character was Ronan. One of typical people who put up mean fronts but are very nice and sweet underneath. My least favorite character was Grandma. Sometimes she wasn't brave at all. I
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
Luke Quaranta
When I was in college, I loved the Vietnam War movie Full Metal Jacket. In that movie the main character, Joker, wore a helmet that had “born to kill” on it and a peace symbol button. When asked about that he said he was speaking to the duality of man. What Shouting at the Rain does best is shows that truth. Every character in the story is flawed just like we all are. We see two sides of many different characters in the book.

It reminded me of Because of Winn Dixie. I don’t say that in a bad way
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 ...more
I loved this book! If you're an intermediate teacher, make this book a read-aloud this year. There are so many kids that will relate in some way to the multiple messages.

Delsie, a life-long Cape resident, lives with her grandmother. Delsie's mother left when Delsie was just a baby because of drug and alcohol addiction. The summer after 6th grade Delsie looks forward to seeing her best friend Brandi, who vacations at the Cape each summer. However, Brandi has changed and befriends a new girl,
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
Hugh Mcdonald
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. I’m a sucker for a book whose main character experiences a lot of self reflection & learns a lot about herself & the important people in her life. My students will enjoy this one. I can’t wait to add it to our shelf alongside Hunt’s other beautiful reads “One For The Murphys” & “Fish in A Tree”.

“It’s not what you look at that counts, but what you see.” - Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did really like this book. Compared to Lynda Mullaly Hunt's other books though, I felt as though it was kind of unoriginal, and typical for a middle grade novel. I really liked the setting and how the reader can really get a good insight into how Delsie feels, I also thought that the themes were current and relatable. I recommend this book to middle grade readers who enjoy a somewhat complex story, but want an original middle grade plot line.
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.
Pam  Page
This will be a great addition to middle grade classroom libraries. There are so any themes that can be explored but best of all are the characters. You cannot help but love Delsie and Ronan and how they find their voices. The bullying sometimes made me angry but the voice that Hunt gave Delcie will be inspirational to children reading the book. Be sure to check out the "Dear Readers" at the end of the book to find about about Lynda's use of anagrams with characters' names. All around, another ...more
Lindsey Stoddard
Oh I just love the family that surrounds Delsie in this book, from Saucepan Lynn to Ronan and Henry and Esme. Amazing characters. Another beauty from Lynda Mullaly Hunt.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mullaly Hunt remains one of my faves.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"It's not what you look at that counts, but what you see."
Austin Rindfuss
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: riverview
Great book! Definitely want to do as a read aloud with class next year
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, physical-2019
What an adorable and though-provoking MG book.

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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
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She’s done it again! Another inspirational story!!!! I actually took the time to read the author’s note at the end and she filled the book with anagrams! What a fun surprise! Would be especially fun for students!!
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
Jan 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, middle-years
Blah blah blah, friends are the family you choose for yourself, blah blah. REALLY cheesy dialogue and /so/ many /words/ were /emphasized/ that they /dang/ lost their /impact/! (Seriously, the dialogue was insufferable and even Delsie's inner monologue was stilted and awkward and weird. Pg. 176: "I see Henry laugh, and I am grateful that I can't hear it. And yet I long to..." -- what the hell kinda middle-schooler even THINKS like that?) I liked "Fish in a Tree" because I hadn't had the dyslexic ...more
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“You can either stay here while they throw shovelfuls of sand on you or just climb out. Your choice not theirs. Then I head toward the stairs, not even loking back at Brandy or Tressa. And it feels really good to step away from the shovels of sand they've been throwing on me for weeks and finally climb out of the hole.” 3 likes
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