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Hurricane Season

By Nicole Melleby

Product details

Age range
9 - 12
Grade range
4 - 7
Published By
Algonquin Young Readers
Categories
Number Of Pages
288
Publication Date
May 07, 2019
ISBN
9781616209063

Description

This debut novel—about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about growing up and coming out—will make its way straight into your heart.

Fig, a sixth grader, wants more than anything to see the world as her father does. The once-renowned pianist, who hasn’t composed a song in years and has unpredictable good and bad days, is something of a mystery to Fig. Though she’s a science and math nerd, she tries taking an art class just to be closer to him, to experience life the way an artist does. But then Fig’s dad shows up at school, disoriented and desperately searching for Fig. Not only has the class not brought Fig closer to understanding him, it has brought social services to their door.
 
Diving into books about Van Gogh to understand the madness of artists, calling on her best friend for advice, and turning to a new neighbor for support, Fig continues to try everything she can think of to understand her father, to save him from himself, and to find space in her life to discover who she is even as the walls are falling down around her.
 
Nicole Melleby’s Hurricane Season is a stunning novel about a girl struggling to be a kid as pressing adult concerns weigh on her. It’s also about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about coming of age and coming out. And more than anything else, it is a story of the healing power of love—and the limits of that power.

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Review quotes

“Father and daughter find their way back to each other in this moving novel, and readers will root for Fig every step of the way.” —Bookish

“Melleby doesn't shy away from how terrifying it is to watch someone in a dangerously manic state, but the narrative never tips into melodrama. A thoughtful portrayal of mental illness with queer content that avoids coming-out clichés.”
–Kirkus Reviews
 
“Fig’s story will engage middle grade readers who enjoy thoughtful novels that address complex topics. It may even inspire them to seek out the works of van Gogh.”
School Library Journal, starred review
 
“Fig Arnold is an original and irresistible heroine in a story full of hope, art, and love.”
R. J. Palacio, author of Wonder
 
“A warm, vivid, and resonant story of the child that resides in every guardian, and the guardian in every child. An important debut.”
Eliot Schrefer, New York Times Bestselling Author of Endangered
 
Hurricane Season is unforgettable. It will reach into your heart and stay there long after.”
Donna Freitas, author of The Healer

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Product details

Age range
9 - 12
Grade range
4 - 7
Published By
Algonquin Young Readers
Categories
Number Of Pages
288
Publication Date
May 07, 2019
ISBN
9781616209063

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