Sometimes it’s difficult to connect to people who are different than we are, especially when they won’t meet our eyes, demand a strict adherence to rules, obsess about things we might find boring, and disturb us with their outbursts. 

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin is written from the perspective of one of these people, a girl named Rose with Asperger’s Syndrome. She is a trial to her father, gets kicked off the bus for demanding that the bus driver follow all the rules of the road, and obsesses over homonyms and prime numbers. When her dog goes missing in a hurricane, Rose works out a plan to find her again, only to be caught in a terrible dilemma.

This is a wonderful book to help children understand and learn to empathize with people who are different than they are.