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Gr 4–6—Twelve-year-old Caroline and her father live on Water Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Caroline, known as a "Hurricane Child," since she was born during a hurricane, is plagued with bad luck. She sees a spirit—the woman in black—that no one else can see. She is bullied daily at school by both children and her teachers who make cruel remarks about her dark skin tone. Her feelings of loneliness are compounded by the fact that her mother left and never returned. When a new student from Barbados named Kalinda joins her class, Caroline is drawn to Kalinda's confidence and disinterest in befriending the bullies. The two girls soon become close friends. Caroline realizes her feelings for Kalinda are more than platonic and when she expresses them to Kalinda, they are unfortunately met with resistance. Nevertheless, Kalinda agrees to help Caroline find her mother in the midst of a terrible storm. By the end, the protagonist is able to feel more at peace with herself, her family, and her complex relationship with Kalinda. The novel moves at a substantial pace and contains intermittent flashbacks. Told solely from Caroline's perspective, readers get an in-depth understanding of her experiences and feelings. Lush descriptions bring the Caribbean environment to vivid life. VERDICT An excellent and nuanced coming-of-age tale with a dash of magical realism for readers who enjoy character-driven novels, especially those with middle grade LGBTQ+ characterizations.—Jess Gafkowitz, Brooklyn Public Library

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*"Writing in Caroline's present-tense voice, Callender draws readers in and makes them identify with Caroline's angst and sorrow and joy and pain. Embedding her appealing protagonist in a fully realized Caribbean setting, Callender has readers rooting for Caroline the whole way." -- Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW*"Lush descriptions bring the Caribbean environment to vivid life.... An excellent and nuanced coming-of-age tale." --School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW*"Set against the richly evoked backdrop of the Caribbean, Callender's novel captures the exquisite agony and pain that accompanies rejection and abandonment. Caroline's search for answers provides a steady through line for the story, but it's the deeper questioning and reflection that set this book apart....Visceral, pensive, and memorable." -- Booklist, STARRED REVIEW


*"Writing in Caroline's present-tense voice, Callender draws readers in and makes them identify with Caroline's angst and sorrow and joy and pain. Embedding her appealing protagonist in a fully realized Caribbean setting, Callender has readers rooting for Caroline the whole way." -- Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW*"Lush descriptions bring the Caribbean environment to vivid life.... An excellent and nuanced coming-of-age tale." --School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW*"Set against the richly evoked backdrop of the Caribbean, Callender's novel captures the exquisite agony and pain that accompanies rejection and abandonment. Caroline's search for answers provides a steady through line for the story, but it's the deeper questioning and reflection that set this book apart....Visceral, pensive, and memorable." -- Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scholastic Press (March 27, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1338129309
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1338129304
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 1010L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 - 7
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.4 x 1 x 8.4 inches
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Reviewed in Mexico on December 27, 2018
What a beautiful book.

Book told from the perspective of a 12 years old girl named "Caroline" who lives in an island with her father and mother until one day her mother disappears. His father doesn't really help to ease her desperation as he only evades the subject. At school her life is not easy either, she has to take a boat from the island to go to school, her classmates are rude to her for her skin color, and her teacher is mean.

One day a new classmate appears, and Caroline feels a really strong connection, and together start to realize really important things about themselves.

I liked very much how Caroline is described in the book, she is so brave even though her life is difficult, she is innocent, and charming. Sometimes I felt like entering to the book and protect her from everything and everyone else.

This is not my usual type of book, but as I saw it on a list of top 50 LGBT books, and the book cover really got me I had to have it.
My usual type of read is kindle, but for this one was worth to have it in physical format.

Really recommend this one, easy to read and Caroline is lovely.
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