Award winning books intrigue me as a reader. Sometimes you can pick them out after reading a single page.
Rain Reign is that kind of book.
In the first few pages, we meet Rose ( Rows) Howard, a twelve year old fifth grade girl who has an obsession with homonyms, the rules of homonyms as well as many other daily life experiences. Rose has Asperger's, and her precious dog is the Rain of the title. She doesn't ride the bus because of an altercation with the bus driver, who wasn't following all the rules. She lives with her dad, a depressed widower who can barely take care of himself, let alone his daughter.
Without giving away the story, let's just say that Rose has to face a tremendous disappointment, and handles it in a thoroughly capable way. The plot is realistic, and the ending is hopeful. Readers will connect with Rain in many ways, and kids with social issues or on the spectrum will be able to relate.
Rain Reign won this year's Schneider Family Book award, which celebrates books in which the main character has a disability.
If you want to read more about children or adults with autism, try Carly's Voice Breaking Through Autism, about a real teen who was finally able to connect to the world with technology and plenty of caring teachers, or Anything but Typical, a youth novel about a boy with autism who wants to become a writer.