Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

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Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

By Shari Green
Juvenile Fiction ages 8-12
ISBN: 978-1-77278-033-8 HC / 978-1-77278-017-8 PB
List Price: $17.95 CAD / $15.95 USD (HC) |$12.95 CAD / $9.95 USD (PB)
HC with dust jacket / Paperback with French flaps
Trim Size: 13.97 x 20.32 cm / 5.5 x 8 inches
Pages: 240

Canadian Publication Date: May 1, 2017
U.S. Publication Date: May 15, 2017

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

A summer read for fans of Sharon Creech and Kate DiCamillo

Sixth grade is coming to an end, and so is life as Macy McMillan knows it. Already a “For Sale” sign mars the front lawn of her beloved house. Soon her mother will upend their perfect little family, adding a stepfather and six-year-old twin stepsisters. To add insult to injury, what is Macy’s final sixth grade assignment? A genealogy project. Well, she’ll put it off—just like those wedding centerpieces she’s supposed to be making.

Just when Macy’s mother ought to be understanding, she sends Macy next door to help eighty six-year-old Iris Gillan, who is also getting ready to move—in her case into an assisted living facility. Iris can’t pack a single box on her own and, worse, she doesn’t know sign language. How is Macy supposed to understand her? But Iris has stories to tell, and she isn’t going to let Macy’s deafness stop her. Soon, through notes and books and cookies, a friendship grows. And this friendship, odd and unexpected, may be just what Macy needs to face the changes in her life.

Shari Green, author of Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles, writes this summer story with the lightest touch, spinning Macy out of her old story and into a new one full of warmth and promise for the future.

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Awards and Honors:
Junior Library Guild 2017 selection

Reviews:
“The verse trails down the pages in narrow bands leaving plenty of white space. Even characters that are barely sketched emerge fully realized through the spare yet poignant narrative….Macy’s life lessons are realistic and illuminating; that she is deaf adds yet another dimension to an already powerful tale.”—Kirkus Reviews

“One of the striking things about the characterization of Macy is that she is profoundly deaf, communicating primarily through sign language. Green’s portrayal is highly authentic, and the various interactions Macy experiences are seamlessly introduced.…Told as a verse-novel, in a light yet poignant style similar to Green’s previous title, Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles, there is much to admire here including a clear plot line, rich character development, and sudden, incisive humour. In addition, it’s clear that Macy is a young girl living in contemporary times rather than a projection of the author’s own childhood, and the book’s details, including its school and community settings, feel modern and accurate.”—CM Magazine