Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

Sixth grade is coming to an end, and so is life as Macy McMillan knows it. Already a For Sale sign mars the front lawn of her beloved house. Soon her mother will upend their little family, adding an unwelcome stepfather and pesky six-year-old twin stepsisters. To add insult to injury, what is Macy s final sixth grade assignment? A genealogy project. Well, she'll put it off...

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Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess Reviews

  • Amanda Rawson Hill

    I read an early version of this story and it fully lives up to the magic, tenderness, and love of Green's first verse novel. Heartwarming and lovely. It's everything classic middle grade should be.

  • Jensen

    This is a lovely story. The main character is mainly dealing with the uncertainty of her mother's upcoming wedding and her stepfather and stepsisters. This will be relatable to so many young readers. She's also dealing with familiar friend problems and other issues of self-identity. I loved the way threads of gardening and baking and favorite books were woven through the verse to make it all feel fresh.

  • Heather Truett

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  • Wendy MacKnight

    First things first: Shari Green is a fantastic writer. The way the words and images roll through the story are inspiring. And this story, about a young deaf girl whose life is changing thanks to her mother's decision to marry, is heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once. But the real gem here is Macy's relationship with her next-door-neighbour, a once vivacious woman who is soon to leave her home thanks to a diagnosis of early dementia. The relationship between Macy and Iris is real and true a

    First things first: Shari Green is a fantastic writer. The way the words and images roll through the story are inspiring. And this story, about a young deaf girl whose life is changing thanks to her mother's decision to marry, is heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once. But the real gem here is Macy's relationship with her next-door-neighbour, a once vivacious woman who is soon to leave her home thanks to a diagnosis of early dementia. The relationship between Macy and Iris is real and true and wonderful, and fir me, makes this book not just good, but great. This would be a wonderful addition to every school library and curriculum. I'm not going to lie - I sobbed at the end! Loved Macy so much!

  • Laura

    I feel really badly about rating this only three stars, especially since it is trending not only four stars, but five as well. And it isn't because the book isn't well written, it is, although in a weird, way, with almost blank verse like sentences, lower case, no punctuation. It took a little to get used to it. No, that wasn't why I'm rating it so low.

    It is a pleasant enough story of a deaf girl whose mother is getting married, and moving into his house, and who doesn't want to move and lose he

    I feel really badly about rating this only three stars, especially since it is trending not only four stars, but five as well. And it isn't because the book isn't well written, it is, although in a weird, way, with almost blank verse like sentences, lower case, no punctuation. It took a little to get used to it. No, that wasn't why I'm rating it so low.

    It is a pleasant enough story of a deaf girl whose mother is getting married, and moving into his house, and who doesn't want to move and lose her mother, who she has had to herself all this time. I kept thinking it was going to be more than that, that the next door neighbor, Iris, was going to be the focal point. She had so many adventures, so many different friends, I thought for sure the story would be about her, and it was, sort of.

    But, it wasn't. And the deafness? Everyone was either able to finger spell, or knew how to speak, and Macy rarely had the breaks in not knowing that the girl in

    where words were left out if she couldn't read their lips. I felt that story was more realistic about the Deaf community than this one was.

    So, for not being daring, or terribly exciting, this book gets three stars.

    Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  • Kate Olson

    Perfect middle grade free verse! I am so excited to share this with my elementary and middle school students, as I am always talking up free verse, but can't find enough excellent examples to share with them. Macy's story is heartwarming and thought-provoking, and her relationship with her elderly neighbor is a wonderful one for kids to read about. I love their connection over baking and books - I especially loved the book references throughout the story, like to the books "El Deafo" and "The Ta

    Perfect middle grade free verse! I am so excited to share this with my elementary and middle school students, as I am always talking up free verse, but can't find enough excellent examples to share with them. Macy's story is heartwarming and thought-provoking, and her relationship with her elderly neighbor is a wonderful one for kids to read about. I love their connection over baking and books - I especially loved the book references throughout the story, like to the books "El Deafo" and "The Tale of Despereaux" - books that kids today will know and be able to relate to. Kids will also be able to connect with the storylines relating to parent remarriage and moving, and will be able to look into the world of someone who has lost their hearing, much as they have enjoyed doing with El Deafo. I can't wait to read this author's other middle grade novel

    and order both of these titles for my libraries.

    I received a digital advance review copy in exchange for an honest review - all opinions are my own.

  • Marilyn

    Macy McMillan is a lovely little girl, who is deaf. She faces some tough life-changing challenges in her very near future. She loves her home but it has a huge For Sale Sign on the front lawn due to the fact that her mom is getting re-married. They will be moving out to live with a brand new step-dad and his two rambunctious six-year-old twin girls.

    Her sixth grade school year is terminating and she and her best friend Olivia have had a huge blow-up. Her teacher, Mr. Tanaka, has assigned as the

    Macy McMillan is a lovely little girl, who is deaf. She faces some tough life-changing challenges in her very near future. She loves her home but it has a huge For Sale Sign on the front lawn due to the fact that her mom is getting re-married. They will be moving out to live with a brand new step-dad and his two rambunctious six-year-old twin girls.

    Her sixth grade school year is terminating and she and her best friend Olivia have had a huge blow-up. Her teacher, Mr. Tanaka, has assigned as their last project one requesting the students track their genealogy. She is majorly stressed out about that too. What genealogy? How can she possibly cope with all these changes in her location? her emotions? and especially her relationships? Oh my!!!!

    Her mother sees her procrastination in packing and making the wedding centre pieces she agreed to create, so she volunteers Macy to help out eighty-six-old Iris Gillan who lives next door. Iris also is experiencing a drastic shift in her lifestyle due to an early diagnosis of dementia. She will soon be relocating into an assisted living facility. Really now... how much can one girl take?

    Iris is unable to pack up her home herself and unfortunately cannot communicate with Macy due to the fact that she doesn't know sign language. How is that going to work out? Well you might be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

    This heartwarming story unfolds a beautiful bond between the elder "rainbow goddess" and the younger "seeker of comfort". With each encounter: the passing of personal stories, copious notes written to each other, sorting through shelves of books that need tending to and best of all Iris's yummy cookies to share, a very close and special friendship blossoms between the two.

    The book is written beautifully in free verse and the characters are well developed. Will Macy learn some important life lessons and finally belong to the cohesive, loving family that her heart so longs for?

    I highly recommend this book. The author's previous book, "Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles" is worthy of checking out also.

  • Susan

    Thank you to @Kidlit Exchange for telling me about this great new title!

    Macy, who has been deaf since she had meningitis when she was four, is facing many challenges as she finishes up sixth grade. Her mom is getting married, they are preparing to move in with her new stepfather and his six year old twin girls, she isn’t speaking to her best friend, her mom is insisting she help with both the wedding AND her elderly neighbor’s moving preparations and she has a final sixth grade genealogy assignm

    Thank you to @Kidlit Exchange for telling me about this great new title!

    Macy, who has been deaf since she had meningitis when she was four, is facing many challenges as she finishes up sixth grade. Her mom is getting married, they are preparing to move in with her new stepfather and his six year old twin girls, she isn’t speaking to her best friend, her mom is insisting she help with both the wedding AND her elderly neighbor’s moving preparations and she has a final sixth grade genealogy assignment to finish.  Shari Green tells Macy’s story in free verse, which I wasn’t sure I would like, but it turned out to be the perfect literary device. I loved reading about the relationship that unfolded between Macy and her neighbor, Iris, The Rainbow Goddess, as Macy helped her prepare to move into an assisted living facility. I loved this poignant book as Macy faced her challenges, and with Iris’s help, began to understand that “Hearts are waiting, worrying, hurting - in need of a message you can send.”

    This is Shari Green’s second middle grade book. Now I can’t wait to read her first one, Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles!

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