Dancing In The Rain by Lynn Joseph
Pages: 200 (Paperback)
Published by Blouse & Skirt Books July 15th, 2016
Genre: Middle Grade
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley, but that does not have a sway in my reviews. I am a human being with thoughts of her own, and I am not obligated to automatically give this book five stars.
Dancing In The Rain is a story about dualities. It is about loss and life, about pain and joy, and even about war and peace. This story is one that crosses borders. It is a story that ties the pain of two different families, living in two different countries, written from two different points of view.
Sometimes, the person you love the most makes you the saddest.
-Brandt, Chapter 9
While this book may be considered middle-grade reading, the literature is written in a way for both young and old to empathize. It takes culture, it takes a moment of tragedy (9/11), and it creates a narrative that comments on mental health, grief, trauma, and acceptance.
I’ve heard that children are too young to understand pain and grief, but I don’t think that’s true. I think children experience pain and grief in the purest form, and I feel that this story has small glimpses of hope; the type of hope that children can latch onto when they’re navigating through troubled waters.