Hurricane Child

Hurricane Child

Book - 2018
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Prepare to be swept up by this exquisite novel that reminds us that grief and love can open the world in mystical ways.

Winner of the Stonewall Book Award!
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award!

Caroline Murphy is a Hurricane Child.

Being born during a hurricane is unlucky, and twelve-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 when a new student named Kalinda arrives, Caroline's luck begins to turn around. Kalinda, a solemn girl from Barbados with a special smile for everyone, becomes Caroline's first and only friend -- and the person for whom Caroline has begun to develop a crush.

Now, Caroline must find the strength to confront her feelings for Kalinda, brave the spirit stalking her through the islands, and face the reason her mother abandoned her. Together, Caroline and Kalinda must set out in a hurricane to find Caroline's missing mother -- before Caroline loses her forever.
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Press,, ©2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781338129304
Branch Call Number: J CAL
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 22 cm


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An excellent and nuanced coming-of-age tale with a dash of magical realism for readers who enjoy character-driven novels.

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Dec 27, 2018

There seems to be too many things going on in this book. I wish the plot had been narrowed down a bit to help progress the story quicker.

Jul 16, 2018

This book is so great! It's got everything: complex family relationships explored in detail, people negotiating their own and others' mental health, mean girls in middle school, preteens discovering things about themselves, first crushes, ghosts, adventures in a hurricane. Emotional, at turns tense and nostalgic, it made me feel twelve again in all the best and worst ways. I definitely recommend it for any middle grade reader.

And if you're on the lookout for books set in the Caribbean, books that feature kids of color as main characters, and/or books with girls exploring same-gender romance/attraction, written by an author from those backgrounds, this is it, add it to your lists!

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