Friday, March 04, 2016
Apple and Rain, by Sarah Crossan
Covering fairly familiar ground, including my evergreen favorite (not!) of child abandonment, Crossan still manages to pump some fresh life into this. Apple's resourceful and pretty good at standing up for herself. And the other kids are similarly useful, from little sister Rain to their geeky neighbor Del. And even grandma has some depth on her. It's less easy to see much in Apple and Rain's mum, but that may be the point -- being so blinded by wishful thinking, they can't see their mother's flaws.