Title: Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess
Author: Shari Green
Genre: Realistic Middle Grade Fiction/ Books in Verse
Number of Pages: 235
Macy McMillan is a very unhappy kid. Her mom is getting remarried to a man with twin daughters, and she’s feeling left out. Macy is deaf, and her step-dad and his daughters hardly know any sign language. Worse, she has to move out of the house where she’s lived all her life. Macy’s life changes for the better when she bonds with Iris, an elderly woman who’s moving into a rest home. Iris’ infectious love of books, cooking, and enjoying life charms Macy and she helps her come to terms with the changes taking place in her life.
Well, this book was a little formulaic and Iris was a little bit too loaded with ‘teachable moments’ for me. Macy’s character was realistic but she got on my nerves a little as she tries to wreck her mom’s impending marriage. I liked that she was realistically flawed and immature and that her deafness was incorporated smoothly into the narrative.
I also appreciated that (MILD SPOILER) Iris didn’t die at the end. That would have been the most obvious road to take and I’m glad the author avoided it. This book’s prose was well-written and straightforward and although I didn’t love it, I enjoyed it and I’m glad I read it. Even though I didn’t review it, I also liked Missing Mike (also by this author) and I would like to read more of her books.