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Apple and Rain

Written by Sarah Crossan

Key Stage 3 General Fiction

LoveReading View on Apple and Rain

Winner of the Children’s Book Award 2016, Books for Older Readers category - Longlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize - Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal

Apple is sure that one day her mother will return. And when that happens she is sure that everything in her life will be good again. But when Mum does return, Apple finds that what you wish for may not always be what you really want. With the arrival of mum, Apple’s life is turned upside down. Home, school and most of all, what she really thinks about all those around her, are all thrown into confusion. Can Apple find happiness in a new way of life? Apple’s poems help her to tell this touching story of an unhappy and complicated family life.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

Apple and Rain Synopsis

Now available in a gorgeous new package, this exquisite novel explores the bond between daughters and mothers, forgiveness, and the healing power of words. All the time Mum was away, Eleven long years, I saved up my hopes Like little pennies in a jar. Apple's mother disappeared years ago, leaving Apple with her nana and a lot of unanswered questions. But when she unexpectedly explodes back into Apple's life like a comet, homecoming is bittersweet. It's only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is that she begins to see things as they really are. This beautiful novel from multi-award-winning author Sarah Crossan explores family, friendship and reconciliation. It is a story about how messy, complicated and surprising love can be.

Apple and Rain Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Ella Day, age 11 - 'The way it is written draws you into the story and I like how the author uses vivid imagery to set the scene.'
  • Aimee Sweet - 'If you like Jacqueline Wilson, then you’d love this book. Not only is it gripping and fast paced, the novel has a deeper meaning behind it too.'
  • Stacie Ball - 'A beautiful story focused soley around family. Apple is one character you wont forget in a hurry.'
  • Chloe Shortall, age 18 - 'Apple and Rain is a fantastic, heartbreaking story about unconditional love and the strength of a young girl willing to do whatever it takes to keep her family together.'
  • Poppy, age 15 - 'I thought that Apple and Rain was very good and extremely hard to put down! I thought that it had a good moral, storyline and plot. A good read that I would recommend.'
  • Ellen Faulkner, age 13 - 'Apple and Rain is a beautifully narrated story about friends and family. Anyone with half a heart should definitely read this lyrical story.'
  • Destiny Maraj, age 13 - 'This novel was absolutely amazing and was written by a fantastic author!'
  • Safiyah Davenport - 'Inspiring and beautifully crafted this book really tugs at the heart strings.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This is a story to pull at the heart strings with a young heroine in the centre of the story that shows amazing strength.'
  • Mariam Ahmed - 'Apple and Rain has a very stomach-twisting-moderately- intense atmosphere about it.'
  • Charlotte, age 13 - 'It took me less than twelve hours to finish Apple and  Rain - it was one of those books that I just had to read secretly under my duvet.'
  • Elle Cogan, age 11 - 'When she turns up out of the blue, Apple finally has the mother she's been dreaming of. But her mother has secrets...I loved this book, and was hooked within the first few words.'
  • Jade Craddock - 'this is a brave novel, that takes off the rose-tinted spectacles to look at family life and portray the sombre side of the coin.'
  • Lauren Coffman, age 14 - ', I was fully engrossed in the story, feeling a part of it all, and experiencing the emotions just through the words on the page. I really connected with this book and would recommend this very highly.' 
  • Immy Fisher - 'The book Apple and Rain was even better than I expected it to be.'
  • ALex McAulay, age 11 - 'I could not stop reading this book, it is amazing!'
  • Michael, age 14 - 'A very moving story.'

Apple and Rain Press Reviews

This poignant, realistic tale is about learning to love and taking responsibility, and how poems can tell the truth ... - Sunday Times Book of the Week

A story of the redeeming power of love. It's beautifully written and it made me cry but it also made me laugh - The Bookbag

Praise for The Weight of Water;

Poignant, powerful, just perfect - Cathy Cassidy

Succinct, with a gentle lyricism, the poems are telling about immigration, prejudice, self-delusion, families and first love, on the way to a life-changing conclusion - The Sunday Times - Children's Books of the Week

Exquistely and touchingly written - Irish Times

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526606761
Publication date: 2nd May 2019
Author: Sarah Crossan
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: General Fiction

About Sarah Crossan

Sarah Crossan has lived in Dublin, London and New York, and now lives in Hertfordshire. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and drama teacher at the University of Cambridge.  The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain were both shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. In 2016, Sarah won the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as the YA Book Prize, the CBI Book of the Year award and the CLiPPA Poetry Award for her novel, One.   Sarah is the go-to writer of the free verse novel in the UK and ...

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