Kid’s Book Review: The Hurricane Child

Kid’s Book Review: The Hurricane Child

About the Book and Author

This award-winning story for readers aged 8-12 years from Kacen Callendar is about a 12-year-old Caroline, who was born during a hurricane and is having a hard time at the moment. She’s hated and bullied by everyone in her small school on St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, a spirit only she can see won’t stop following her, and – worst of all – Caroline’s mother left home a while ago, never came back and her father won’t talk about her.

When a new student arrives on the island, a solemn girl from Barbados with a special smile for everyone, she becomes Caroline’s first and only friend — and the person for whom Caroline has begun to develop a crush.

Now, Caroline must find the strength to confront her feelings for Kalinda, brave the spirit stalking her through the islands, and face the reason her mother abandoned her. Together, Caroline and Kalinda must set out in a hurricane to find Caroline’s missing mother — before Caroline loses her for ever.

Hurricane Child is published by Scholastic and our young reviewer reckons it should be on the shelf of every school library.

Hurricane Child cover
Kacen Callender

Born and raised in St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, Kacen Callender is a bestselling and award-winning author of the middle-grade novels Hurricane Child and King and the Dragonflies, the young-adult novels This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story  and the adult novel Queen of the Conquered and its forthcoming sequel King of the Rising.

Book Review

I feel like this book will be read in classrooms all over the world

Hurricane Child opened my eyes, I was able to feel what Caroline felt and see the world from her point of view. The book really makes you think. I knew about racism but I was really seeing it from Caroline’s perspective and understanding how it made her feel. It was sad that people could do that and it showed me what happens in some places in the world.

I loved Caroline’s perspective about love, she didn’t care what people thought – she knew she could love whoever she wanted even though people said it was wrong to love a girl. When I first met Kalinda in the story, and Caroline got to know her, it slowly built up to you knowing that Caroline was in love with Kalinda. You knew even before she said it.

At first Kalinda dislikes Caroline after she tells her about her love for her, but she slowly realises that she is in love with Caroline too. It is a super great book and I would definitely recommend it. It teaches you and takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. I feel like this book will be read in classrooms all over the world.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Tilly
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: swimming, dogs and hot chocolate
  • Dislikes: mashed potatoes and tests
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