Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Macy McMillian and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

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 little family, adding an unwelcome stepfather and pesky 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 sympathetic, she sends her 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 move 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 is an amazing writer and this book in verse is so well done I thought about it for days after I finished. It’s brilliantly put together making it an unforgettable read. 

Macy, who is deaf, is dealing with a lot of things. Her mother is getting remarried. She will have new step sisters. And, to top it all off, she has to help her elderly neighbor pack up her house. But as the story evolves, relationships form, and we see the true beauty of friendship and coming to terms with our own struggles.

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