|All the impossible things|
Author: Lackey, Lindsay
Red's power over the wind comes from her mother. Whenever Ruby "Red" Byrd is scared or angry, the wind picks up. And being placed in foster care, moving from family to family, tends to keep her skies stormy. Red knows she has to learn to control it, but can't figure out how. This time, the wind blows Red into the home of the Grooves, a quirky couple who run a petting zoo. But just when Red starts to settle into her new life, a fresh storm rolls in, one she knows all too well: her mother.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.30
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 505128
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 4.30
Points: 17.0 Quiz: 77966
School Library Journal (00/09/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2019 Gr 4–6—Red has a secret she wants to keep—she has the ability to affect the wind with her emotions, a trait she inherited from her mother. Red has become a pawn inside the foster care system, and anger and fear create unpredictable storms that she cannot control. Her mother attempts to pull her life together and become a fit parent as she struggles with drug addiction. As a rotating cast of adults move through Red's life and she is shuttled from one family to the next, her sole constant seems to be her social worker, Ms. Anders. That is, until Red is placed with the Grooves, her fifth foster stop in under three years. The couple own a petting zoo and seem to genuinely care for Red, who is conflicted by the growing love she feels for her foster mom and her desire to reunite with her birth mother. Determined to help her mother regain custody at an upcoming hearing, Red works on a special project with her new friend Marvin to prove that just because something is hard, it doesn't mean it is impossible. Excerpts from the notebook Red keeps for the project are peppered throughout the novel. VERDICT This middle grade tale reads like realistic fiction with a supernatural twist as Red's wind spirals and brews literal storms. Lackey tackles difficult topics including addiction and loss with infinite gentleness. Recommended for fiction collections.—Lauren Younger, University of Dallas Library - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.