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"12-year-old Caroline Murphy has a difficult life--she's bullied for her dark skin, her mother is missing, and a dark spirit seems to be following her around her home of Water Island and St. Thomas. When a new girl, Kalinda, moves to the island from Barbados, they become fast friends and set off to find Caroline's mother. Set in the US Virgin Islands, Hurricane Child is a wonderful story of discovery and self, especially when the world seems to be against you."
— Rachel R.
"Born in a hurricane, 12-year-old Caroline carries the curse of bad luck. But even though her mother left, a mysterious spirit won't leave her alone, and she's sorting out new feelings for her best friend, Caroline won't let anything slow her down in this beautifully soulful island tale."
Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List
“Being a hurricane child myself, I instantly connected with Caroline and her bad luck. Caroline is used to being the outsider who can see ghosts, but she can't accept that her mom left her one day and never came back. When a new, charismatic girl who may see ghosts, too, starts at her school, Caroline desperately wants to befriend her. Soon the two are inseparable, and together they search for Caroline's mother. This wonderful, mystical tale takes the reader on a journey filled with grief and loss but also love, friendship, and hope.”
— Holly Alexander, The Book Stall At Chestnut, Winnetka, IL
Prepare to be swept up by this exquisite novel that reminds us that grief and love can open the world in mystical ways. Caroline Murphy is a Hurricane Child. Being born during a hurricane is unlucky, and 12-year-old Caroline has had her share of bad luck lately. 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 one day and never came back. But when a new student named Kalinda arrives, Caroline's luck begins to turn around. Kalinda, a solemn girl from Barbados with a special smile for everyone, 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 forever.
About the Author
Born and raised on St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, Kheryn Callender holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where they studied fine arts, Japanese, and creative writing, as well as an MFA from The New School's Writing for Children program. Their debut novel Hurricane Child was met with high praise and was a Kirkus Best Book of 2018.