March 2018, Scholastic, 224 pp
A lyrical, debut middle grade novel with a touch of magical realism and LGBTQ+ themes, about first friendship, first love, and finding self-acceptance.
12-year-old Caroline Murphy is a Hurricane Child, having been born during a hurricane in the US Virgin Islands which is said to be a sign of bad luck. Caroline has certainly had her share: she’s hated by her classmates and was abandoned by her mother years before. She can also see things others can’t—at least until the new girl Kalinda crosses her path, who can see the same ghostly figures as Caroline. In the midst of a building hurricane and while discovering a crush on her new classmate despite the local homophobia, Caroline sets out to find her mother—and answers—once and for all.
PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY – “Callender’s debut enriches the growing body of LGBTQ fiction for upper-elementary- and middle-school students. Visceral, pensive, and memorable.”
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL – “An excellent and nuanced coming-of-age tale with a dash of magical realism for readers who enjoy character-driven novels, especially those with middle grade LGBTQ+ characterizations.”
KIRKUS – “Embedding [their] appealing protagonist in a fully realized Caribbean setting, Callender has readers rooting for Caroline the whole way.”
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