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Hurricane Child
Hurricane Child | Kheryn Callender
Caroline Murphy is a Hurricane Child. Being born during a hurricane is unlucky, and twelve-year-old Caroline has had her share of bad luck lately. She's hated and bullied by everyone in her small school on St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, a spirit only she can see won't stop following her, and -- worst of all -- Caroline's mother left home one day and never came back. But when a new student named Kalinda arrives, Caroline's luck begins to turn around. Kalinda, a solemn girl from Barbados with a special smile for everyone, becomes Caroline's first and only friend -- and the person for whom Caroline has begun to develop a crush. Now, Caroline must find the strength to confront her feelings for Kalinda, brave the spirit stalking her through the islands, and face the reason her mother abandoned her. Together, Caroline and Kalinda must set out in a hurricane to find Caroline's missing mother -- before Caroline loses her forever.
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maggiedesantis
Hurricane Child | Kheryn Callender

This book tells the story of a girl, Caroline Murphy, who was born during a hurricane and believes herself to be cursed. She then goes to school and discovers her love for another girl she meets.
Awards won: Whippoorwill Book Award
Purpose of Award: Given to the most distinguished rural young adult books published in English during the preceding year
Author: Kheryn Callender
Date of publication: 2018
Genre: Fiction

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MsLeah8417
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mandarchy
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Early and rare warm evening, great for finishing this book on the porch. I loved this book, but lost some patience with abrupt scene changes. It's a great middle grade read that touches on mental illness (without the drama of suicide). It's rare to see budding romances at this level, but some kids crave that. 🏝 🇻🇬 #LGBTQ 🌈 #rainbowlibrary 🏳️‍🌈 #kidsneedtoseethemselves #bannedbook 🚫

TheBookHippie I liked this one! 6mo
mandarchy @TheBookHippie I like her characterization of the other girls at school. Her main character was so completely alone at times. 6mo
TheBookHippie @mandarchy Yes. Reminded me of my childhood a bit. I can see this book being so helpful to so many readers. Did you read Felix ever after? 6mo
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mandarchy @TheBookHippie not yet. I am not aware of it. Is it the same author? I just down loaded a Kelly Barnhill book. I'm trying to put off adult fiction until school gets out. So I'm on a middle grade kick. 🙃 I'll go see if I can find Felix. 6mo
TheBookHippie @mandarchy same author - YA I believe . 6mo
mandarchy @TheBookHippie I'll have to put it off with the adult fiction. My oldest students are 11. 6mo
TheBookHippie @mandarchy I get that! My oldest students currently are 8 ♥️. 6mo
mandarchy @TheBookHippie I'm really happy they made Hurricane Child MG. We need more rainbow reads, one- so kids can see themselves and two- to normalize lgbtq identity. I'm glad publishers are diversifying, the book banning will hopeful drive sales. I feel bad for kids living in communities that squash their being, hopefully they find these books on their own. 6mo
TheBookHippie @mandarchy I whole heartedly agree! 6mo
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mandarchy
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🌀I received 2 copies of the physical book and yet I'm reading a Kindle version from the library.
🌀it's a 4 of 5 star book.
🌀I highlight using my Kindle, sometimes I use a notebook. If I own the book and plan to keep it, I'll take notes and underline, but I don't care for highlighter pens in my books. I love post-its.
😊 thanks for the tag @Eggs #thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94
#rainbowlibrary 🌈 🏳️‍🌈 #MGfiction

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing ☺️📚 6mo
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mandarchy
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I had a student check this out from my 🌈 🏳️‍🌈 #rainbowlibrary 🏳️‍🌈 🌈 I let them know I hadn't read it yet and I hoped they would give me a review. It came back with this post it.

Prairiegirl_reading That‘s adorable! 9mo
Ruthiella How sweet! 9mo
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mandarchy It really cheered me up! 9mo
BiblioLitten Aww 💕 9mo
mandarchy I stopped by my favorite little free library and this was the only good book, it was spare. I took it to read and then of course didn't start it. 🙃 Just added it to my kindle so now I have 21 days. I need some middlegrade lit right now. 6mo
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hhockenberry
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This Stonewall Book Award winner is about a girl from the Virgin Islands who discovers her love for another girl. This realistic fiction story would work great with a literature circle. UDL 8.3 and 3.1. and ESOL strategies #2 and #10 #ucflae3414sp21

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wicdiv
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I loved both King of the Dragonflies and Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender so I thought I'd go back and read Hurricane Child by them. What a great decision that was.

In just over 200 pages this book explores feelings surrounding family, sexuality, AND spirits. What more could you want from a book?

cw: severe bullying, abandonment, homophobia, violence, racism

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Kenyazero
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For #pridemonth2020, I'm highlighting 30 openly LGBTQ+ authors. Kacen Callender is a writer of children's sci-fi and fantasy. Their work has been awarded the Lambda Literary Award. #lgbtqvoices #transgender #lgbt #lgbtq #blackvoices #blackauthors #elevateblackauthors #lgbtqauthors #pocauthors

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alisonrose
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I want to hug this child so much. Caroline has suffered deeply & it broke my heart when she doubted her value or her place in the world. Painful enough w/a fictional character, but knowing how many Black kids doubt their worth b/c the world often tells them they have none...oh, my heart. Seeing Caroline realize her feelings for Kalinda was so touching, gimme all the queer MG! Wish we got a bit more depth but overall it was moving & terrific 4/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
Hurricane Child | Kheryn Callender

Nobody but my mother has ever loved me, and if she doesn‘t love me anymore, I have not a soul on this Earth that cares anything about me. No one cares about someone like me, and no one cares that I‘m angry about that either. Might as well be the crazy man screaming at everyone around him, or might as well not exist at all. And so I think maybe I really don‘t belong to this world. Now, that‘s a lonely thought.

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alisonrose
Hurricane Child | Kheryn Callender

It‘s like a dream, almost, to be seen by someone who has never looked at you before, someone who is not the same thirteen classmates you‘ve had all your life, someone who is not your teacher or a parent, someone who does not know who you have been and has not already decided who you are, or what you will become. It‘s more than a chance to create a new identity. It‘s a chance to really become someone else—or, perhaps, to really become myself.

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alisonrose
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It‘s the start of Pride month, and it feels especially important right now to read LGBTQIA+ books featuring young Black characters. Plus, I‘m struggling so much right now, with a lot of things, and feeling pretty hopeless and in despair. Middle grade is always a good choice for that mindset, I find. Even if it‘s heavy at times, there‘s always hope to be found. #nowreading

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Bono394
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Finished another one!

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Bono394
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Panpan

Not my favorite. There was a lot going on that never really matched up. The ending was really smooshed together and rushed.

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Kenyazero
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Overall, not a bad read. This was an interesting exploration of grief and identity, as well as a look at racism. #magic #spirit #grief #lgbt #lgbtq #queerbook #lgbtliterature #lgbtcharacter

readingjedi Gorgeous cover 😍 3y
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Bono394
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"lonely children like me are the ones who grow up to be someone that everyone wishes they could be".

Nute I think that I might want to know this story! Stacking! 3y
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lumos_flamel
Hurricane Child | Kheryn Callender

#ReadHarder2020 Read a debut novel by a queer author

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Heartfelt and lovely mid-grade novel about a young girl whose mother left the family, and her quest to find a place to belong. LGBTQ+ author and characters, #ownvoices, Lammy award recipient = this is a great reading challenge pick.

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus #TBRReads
@wanderinglynn @StayCurious @Clwojick

+16 points (Sunday total = 50 points)

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻📚 3y
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Monstershaped
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🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈 oh and the magical realist elements work super well plus the prose is gorgeous

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👏🏻🎉📚 3y
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💟📚💟 3y
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Kathrin
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I am impressed with this Middle Grade novel about a 12 yo girl finding her mother. It‘s packed with cultural impressions, young love and family issues.

#booked2019 #audiobook #readdiverse

Cinfhen Nice 👍🏻 #MiddleGrade was way better than I expected 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job. I actually like Middle Grade better than YA... 3y
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Lindy
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Winner of two important #LGBTQ awards—Stonewall & Lambda—the primary audience for this first-person tale are readers who are around the same age as the main character, who‘s 12. Caroline Murphy was abandoned by her mother for unknown reasons, is bullied at school, and falls in love with another girl. To set her even further apart, Caroline can see spirits. A heartfelt & memorable story set in the US Virgin Islands. #diversevoices #audiobook

Kathrin I just started this for @booked2019 . I am glad you liked it!! 3y
Lindy @Kathrin I could tell the story was close to the author‘s heart. I appreciate that kind of writing. 😊 3y
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Lindy
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I‘m loving the narrator‘s performance in this #audiobook, so I looked up Krystel Roche online. She‘s an actress from Haiti and her emotional range—sometimes defiant, sometimes sorrowful—is perfect for this story.

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Lindy
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”I was born 2 days after Hurricane Hugo. It was teasingly suggested all of my life that being a hurricane child is unlucky & that I‘m the person bringing these storms—but, as a child, with the bullying & isolation I faced, I sometimes thought it was true. Caroline also endures intense bullying, but I wrote Caroline out of what I wish I‘d had growing up: a sense of strength & self-awareness in who she was, even in the face of adversity.” -Callender

Lindy This comment is from an interview with the author about their main character, 12-year-old Caroline. http://oomscholasticblog.com/post/wehavediversebooks-5-questions-1-bonus-kheryn-... 3y
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MandaMT
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Unflinching yet beautiful. Caroline Murphy is a character who deserves to be seen.

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emtobiasz
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#audiocrafting with this #middlegrade Caribbean story and my stamp carving supplies. My dad is really into antique cars, so this is a tracing/simplification of a 1931 Cadillac ad. I think I‘m going to make some cards for Father‘s Day...

julesG Lovely! 👌 4y
ferskner 😮 that is SO. COOL. 4y
Eyelit That‘s awesome! 4y
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LeahBergen Wonderful! 4y
AlaMich Wow. Just wow. 4y
mcipher So cool!! 4y
Smrloomis Awesome! 😆 3y
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rachelsbrittain
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1. Black Leopard, Red Wolf; Love in the Time of Cholera; and The Unstoppable Wasp

2. Hurricane Child

3. Her Royal Highness and Kingsbane

#weekendreads

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rachelsbrittain
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A lovely middle grade novel about a lonely little girl on Water Island in the Caribbean, full of lush magical realism and dealing with identity, homophobia, colorism, bullying, and family. I definitely recommend the audiobook as the narrator really brings the story to life.

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MandaMT
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Haul from this year‘s Boston Book Festival. Excited to jump in!

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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What an amazing, complex, moving portrayal of a young queer black girl from Water Island in the Caribbean. Caroline's story is about grief, love, family, queer crushes, bullying, shadism, homophobia, and friendship. It has a lovely poetic, magical realism to it. It felt very authentic to a twelve year old's world while is dealt with 'adult' issues but never simplified or talked down. This book was a wonderful reminder of how deeply children feel.

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BellaBookNook
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Browsing at Amazon bookstore and discovered this beauty!! I‘ve never heard of it before. But it would look fantastic on my bookshelf. #coverlove

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johnnie_cakes
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‪This book is beautiful. The storytelling is so lush, and you‘ll immediately fall in love with Caroline. You‘ll love her spirit, your heart will break for her, and you‘ll want to just hold her close to you as she navigates her first crush and trying to find her lost mother. ‬#lgbtreads #gayya #gaymg

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johnnie_cakes
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How gorgeous is this cover? Loving this so far.

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abbylibrarian
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Next up for the #24in48 #readathon!