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Ways to make Sunshine, Age 7+ by Renee Watson, illustrated by Mechal Roe

Ways to make Sunshine, Age 7+ by Renee Watson, illustrated by Mechal Roe


Ryan Hart and her family live in Portland, Oregon, and her dad lost his job a while ago. He finally got a new one, but it pays less, and he'll have to work nights. And so they're selling the second car and moving to an (old) new house.


The Harts are an everyfamily - a family with siblings who bicker, parents who don't always get it right, but a family that loves. A family working hard to make it in tough economic times, a family with traditions and culture, a family that tries new things.


This is a Black family growing up in middle class America. And Ryan is a girl who has much on her mind - school, family, friends, self-image - but who knows how to make sunshine out of setbacks.

Packed with humour and heart alongside meaningful and thoughtful moments, Ryan Hart is the character everyone will want to be best friends with.

Number of pages: 192 
Weight: 138 g 
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm





'An important and deeply moving novel' - John Green, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Fault in Our Stars, on Piecing Me Together


'Watson, with rhythm and style, somehow gets at ... the life-changing power of voice and opportunity, all wrapped up in Jade' - Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way Down, on Piecing Me Together


'Timely and timeless' - Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming, on Piecing Me Together


'An adorable Middle Grade contemporary fiction novel about a young girl navigating her way through school, friendships and moving house. It was filled with fun adventures, fun surprises and lots of cute moments between Ryan Hart and her family and friends. She is a lovely character, and I love her confidence (even when it falters), her wit and her sense of adventure' - NetGalley Reviewer

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