Note: This book carries the title Rain Reign in the USA.
I knew that I was going to love a book about an autistic girl written by the author of the Baby-Sitter’s Club, but I did not expect how much it would creep into my heart.
Rose loves homophones and prime numbers and her dog Rain, who her father found one night behind the bar he goes to every day. While hiding out during Hurricane Susan, Rose’s father Wesley lets out Rain without putting on her collar and she disappears.
Determined to find her beloved Rain (Reign) again, Rose sets out an action plan of calling Animal Shelters, determined to find her best friend along with the help of her uncle Weldon. Will they find her?
Rose is courageous and brilliant, and her Uncle Weldon is officially the best man.
I’m not going to lie to you – this book is pretty heartbreaking. Ann M. Martin balances an accurate, well researched 1st person autism narrative against the heartache of losing a friend and the background of emotional abuse by her father.
It’s also incredibly beautiful and heartwarming against all the sadness.
Interested? Buy How to Look for a Lost Dog here.
Buy Rain Reign here. <- I LOVE this cover as much as the British version.
What to read next:
- Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Allison McGhee
- Pax by Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen
- The Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager
Want to know what else I’ve read about autism or features autistic characters? Check out The Essential Autie Book List.
Thank you kindly to Usborne for sending me over How to Look for a Lost Dog. It will stay in my heart for a very long time.