Rain Rising

by Courtne Comrie

On Sale: 09/27/2022

Rain Rising

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Rain Rising

by Courtne Comrie

On Sale: 09/27/2022

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About the Book

An inspiring debut middle grade novel-in-verse about Rain, who must overcome sadness after her all-star brother is badly beaten up at a frat party. Genesis Begins Again meets Brown Girl Dreaming in this powerful story of perseverance, family, and hope.

“A captivating novel about honoring your feelings and learning to love yourself.” —Janae Marks, author of From the Desk of Zoe Washington

“A powerful novel about mental health, self-love, and family. Filled with tenderness and heart.” —Mariama J. Lockington, author of For Black Girls Like Me and In the Key of Us  

Rain is keeping a big secret from everyone around her: She's sad. All the time. Rain struggles with her image and feels inferior to her best friend, Nara. Not even her all-star student-athlete big brother (and personal superhero), Xander, can help Rain with her dark thoughts and low self-esteem.

And when Xander becomes the victim of violence at a predominantly white university, Rain’s life and mind take a turn for the worse. But when her favorite teacher, Miss Walia, invites her to an after-school circle group, Rain finds the courage to help herself and her family heal.

Like the rain, she is both gentle and a force, finding strength to rise again.

“You can't help but fall in love with this book. Heartbreaking, emotional, and a ride well worth taking.” —Marie Arnold, author of The Year I Flew Away and I Rise

“Everyone who reads this will be inspired by Rain's dedication to finding healing.” —Elisabet Velasquez, author of When We Make It

Critical Praise

"A gorgeous debut: a necessary, cathartic, immersive healing experience.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This captivating novel about honoring your feelings and learning to love yourself brought up so many emotions. I loved how it normalizes attending therapy and working through your traumas. RAIN RISING is a powerful and beautifully written debut!” — Janae Marks, author of From the Desk of Zoe Washington

"Rain Rising is a powerful novel about mental health, self-love, and family. We need more depictions of Black girls who live with depression, who are in therapy, and find ways to shine with the support of family, friends, and beloved community. I ached alongside Rain in her grief, and was lifted up by her hope and courage. An important, beautiful book filled with tenderness and heart." — Mariama J. Lockington, author of For Black Girls Like Me and In the Key of Us

“With a main character you can't help but fall in love with, Rain Rising tackles difficult subjects with grace and gives us characters that are complex yet relatable, fragile yet strong willed. Comrie‘s debut novel is heartbreaking, emotional and at times humorous. This is a ride well worth taking.”  — Marie Arnold, author of The Year I Flew Away and I Rise

“I knew I would enjoy this book by the title. In a journal entry Rain writes, "It's crazy how much healing can come from just being honest." Rain Rising tells the truth about not feeling enough for the world and finding the courage to keep going in spite of it. I know every young person who reads this will be inspired by Rain's dedication to finding healing for herself and her family. I look forward to seeing this out in the world.”  — Elisabet Velasquez, author of When We Make It

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063159730
  • ISBN 10: 0063159732
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 09/27/2022
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Depression & Mental Illness

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