Lightning couldn’t strike twice, could it?
After a terrible year, Madalyn needs clear skies desperately. Moving in with her great-uncle, Papa Lobo, and switching to a new school is just the first step.
It’s not all rainbows and sunshine, though. Madalyn discovers she’s the only Black girl in her class, and while most of her classmates are friendly, assumptions lead to some serious storms.
Papa Lobo’s long-running feud with neighbor Mrs. Baylor brings wild weather of its own, and Madalyn wonders just how far things will go. But when fire threatens the community, Madalyn discovers that truly being neighborly means more than just staying on your side of the street — it means weathering tough conversations — and finding that together a family can pull through anything.
So, without further ado…here’s Madalyn.
Look at that face – those eyes! I love how …serious she looks, yet how adorable. Madalyn is, like many middle grade protagonists, all heart. She cares a LOT about friends, family, fairness and doing what’s right. The more human beings we get on a topic, though, sometimes the more “right” is a hard word to figure out!
But, like most middle graders, Madalyn tries to figure it out anyway – ’cause that’s part of figuring out yourself.
Isn’t it beautiful? September 7, 2021 is coming sooner than you think!