We here at Macmillan are in love with RAIN REIGN by Ann M. Martin, and we aren’t alone in our love. This amazing middle-grade read has garnered 5 starred reviews! We want to spread the love so we’ve created some great discussion questions to go along with your classroom reading.
Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She’s thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose’s obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different – not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father.
When a storm hits their rural town, rivers overflow, the roads are flooded, and Rain goes missing. Rose’s father shouldn’t have let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search.
Hearts will break and spirits will soar for this powerful story, brilliantly told from Rose’s point of view.
*”Martin has penned a riveting, seamless narrative in which each word sings and each scene counts.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*”Rose is a character we root for every step of the way. She is resilient, honest, and, in her own odd way, very perceptive; a most reliable narrator.” – The Horn Book, starred review
*”Though Rose’s story is often heartbreaking, her matter-of-face narration provides moments of humor. Readers will empathize with Rose, who finds strength and empowerment through her unique way of looking at the world.” – School Library Journal, starred review
*”Simplicity, clarity, and emotional resonance are hallmarks of Rose’s first-person narrative, which offers an unflinching view of her world from her perspective…. A strong story told in a nuanced, highly accessible way.” – Booklist, starred review
*”Newbery Honor author Martin (A Corner of the Universe) is extremely successful in capturing Rose’s perspective and personality. . .” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
Can you believe Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is 50 years old? To celebrate Macmillan created six new Rudolph titles. We’ve got something everyone in the family can enjoy from board books, to easy readers, and of course the classic story!
To kick off the celebration Rudolph is heading out on a huge blog tour. Our favorite bloggers will be celebrating right along with us by writing reviews, reminiscing on family memories, and hosting their own giveaways! You won’t want to miss out on this spectacular celebration. The full schedule can be found below!
In addition to the blog tour we are hosting our own giveaway on our Rudolph Website! There you can find all the information about all six of our new titles, enter our giveaway, and download activity sheets and coloring guides. Giveaway ends Nov. 28th, so enter now!
Mark your calendars – On Tuesday, December 9th CBS airs Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – the classic holiday special!
To celebrate notorious outlaws Bob Shea and Lane Smith’s latest picture book KID SHERIFF AND THE TERRIBLE TOADS, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group hosted a Win-a-Visit contest. To enter the contest, we tasked stores with creating a display conveying an Old West theme and use one of the following items from the book: a tortoise, a dinosaur or a sheriff’s badge.
Maureen Palacios at Once Upon a Time Bookstore in Montrose, CA submitted the winning entry. See photos of Once Upon a Time’s display and some other highlights from the contest below!
More about the book:
Drywater Gulch has a toad problem. Not the hop-down-your-britches, croaking-all-night toad kind of problem. The thievin’, hootin’ and hollerin’, steal-your-gold never-say-thank-you outlaw toad kind of problem.
Then hope rides into town. Sheriff Ryan might only be seven years old, and he might not know much about shooting and roping. But he knows a lot about dinosaurs. Yes, dinosaurs. And it turns out that knowing a thing or two about paleontology can come in handy when it comes to hoodwinking and rounding up a few no-good bandits.
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COMING HOME by Greg Ruth highlights that moment when soldiers are finally reunited with their families. Greg Ruth researched for COMING HOME by watching countless reunion videos. So we did a little research and picked some of our favorite reunion videos. With Veteran’s Day next Tuesday we’d like to take this opportunity to thank our veterans, the ones that made it home and those that didn’t . Thank you today and every other day. Be sure to get out the box of tissues before watching though!