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Ways to Make Sunshine (A Ryan Hart Novel, 1) Hardcover – Illustrated, April 28, 2020

4.8 out of 5 stars 436 ratings
Book 1 of 2: A Ryan Hart Novel

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Gr 3–5—In this first installment in a contemporary realistic African American middle grade series, Ryan Hart's family must relocate to another part of Portland, OR, because her dad isn't making as much money as he once did. Ryan is young girl confident in her gifts; she especially loves to cook. She is also capable of standing up for herself, particularly when she is teased for having a name more commonly given to boys. And she has a lively imagination; Ryan and her best friend, KiKi, get creative indoors when the Grand Floral Parade gets rained out, and prepare for the school talent show together. The theme of loving family and friends even through difficult times will resonate with readers. Cheerful black-and-white illustrations enhance the story and convey Ryan's effervescent personality. Watson deftly weaves the faith of her characters into her work. From Easter speeches to African American hair care, this book will give those whose lives are like Ryan's an opportunity to feel seen. For those whose lives are different, this book provides a clear window into a nuclear family dealing with familiar topics in a unique way. VERDICT A solid addition to realistic middle grade fiction with warm, loving family relationships.—Kristin Lee Anderson, Jackson County Library Services, OR

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“Intermittently funny, frustrating, and touching. . . . Allows black readers to see themselves and all readers to find a character they can love. Move over Ramona Quimby, Portland has another neighbor you have to meet!” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Adroitly captures the uncertainty of growing up amid change through the eyes of an irrepressible black girl.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A beautifully rendered series of vignettes à la Beezus and Ramona featuring a Black girl developing into her own personhood, this is a strong start to a new middle-grade series. Ryan Hart is a vivacious child […] with personality and spirit reminiscent of some of the most well-loved heroines in classic juvenile fiction tales.” ―Booklist, starred review

“A fresh beginning to a new chapter book series featuring a girl who can coax out sunshine from behind the darkest storm.” ―Shelf Awareness, starred review

“This brave new world we're living in sure could use more stories about these bright and imaginative girls who specialize in 'making a way out of no way.'” ―The New York Times Book Review

“Ryan Hart approaches challenges in her life with bravery, common sense, and humor. . . . a refreshing character.” ―Horn Book Magazine

“Middle graders who like realistic fiction will enjoy getting to know this earnest girl and her supportive family.” ―School Library Connection

“Plenty of charm . . . readers will look forward to Ryan's future adventures.” ―BCCB

“The theme of loving family and friends even through difficult times will resonate with readers. Cheerful black-and-white illustrations enhance the story and convey Ryan's effervescent personality.” ―School Library Journal online

“Timely and timeless.” ―Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winning author of BROWN GIRL DREAMING on PIECING ME TOGETHER

“Watson, with rhythm and style, somehow gets at . . . the life-changing power of voice and opportunity, all wrapped up in Jade.” ―Jason Reynolds, author of ALL AMERICAN BOYS on PIECING ME TOGETHER

“An important and deeply moving novel.” ―John Green, bestselling and award-winning author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS on PIECING ME TOGETHER

“Teeming with compassion and insight.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on PIECING ME TOGETHER

“A timely, nuanced, and unforgettable story.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on PIECING ME TOGETHER

“A nuanced meditation on race, privilege, and intersectionality.” ―SLJ, starred review, on PIECING ME TOGETHER

“Will resonate with many readers.” ―BCCB, starred review, on PIECING ME TOGETHER


Product details

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Children's Books; Illustrated edition (April 28, 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • Hardcover : 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 154760056X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1547600564
  • Reading age : 7 - 10 years
  • Grade level : 4 - 6
  • Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.82 x 0.78 x 8.57 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 436 ratings

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