Apple & Rain

apple-rain-newWhen Apple’s mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels whole again. She will have an answer to her burning question – why did you go? And she will have someone who understands what it means to be a teenager – unlike Nana. But just like the story Christmas Eve when she left, her mother’s homecoming is bitter sweet, and Apple wonders who is really looking after whom. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is, that she begins to see things as they really are.

  • SHORTLISTED for the CARNEGIE MEDAL 2015
  • SHORTLISTED for the CBI Book of the Year Award 2015
  • SHORTLISTED for an IRISH BOOK AWARD – SPECSAVERS SENIOR KIDS CATEGORY 2015
  • SHORTLISTED for a IBW Award 2015
  • SHORTLISTED for the We Read prize 2015
  • LONGLISTED for the Guardian Children’s Prize 2015

 

Reviews

‘This poignant, realistic tale is about learning to love and taking responsibility, and how poems can tell the truth’ –  Sunday Times, Pick of the Week

‘The is a powerful and poignant story with a perfect ending’ – Carnegie judges comments 

‘a portrayal of adolescence that is subtle and humane’ – Irish Times

‘An inspiring tale’  – Irish Examiner

‘Unreliable adults, complex friendships and family ties are explored with sensitivity in this finely crafted story’ – The Bookseller (Booksellers Choice)

‘Crossan’s characters are fully realised and emotionally engaging; the story is both gripping and moving –  Inis Mag Autumn 2014

‘a moving and memorable read’ –  Editor’s Choice – CBI Recommended Reads 

‘A story of the redeeming power of love. It’s beautifully written and it made me cry but it also made me laugh’ –  The Bookbag