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Hurricane Child: 02/11/19
Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender is about Caroline who lives on a Water Island (part of the U.S. Virgin Islands). She takes a water taxi to school every day — a school where she is hated for her dark skin.
Besides a less than thrilling school situation, Caroline is missing her mother. She walked out on her family, leaving Caroline with her father. She believes the walk out was her fault, for being an unlucky child, born during a hurricane.
When a new girl shows up at school, Caroline is jolted out of her rut. Kalinda is from Barbardos. Their awkward friendship expands her horizons. It also gives her the means for finding her mother and learning the truth behind her disappearance.
In terms of the road narrative spectrum project, this book comes in as a realistic fiction. It's a 663366 — marginalized, rural, offroad.
Caroline is marginalized because she is young, she is poor, and because she doesn't have much in the way of adult support in her life. Her destinations are rural in the sense that they are small, out of the way places. Water Island has a population under 200 (per the Google card). Her means of travel is offroad primarily because it's done via water taxi or on foot.
The story is raw and emotionally charged. I have a feeling that it's also deeply personal.
I admit that I didn't have the time for this novel that it requires.