All the Impossible Things
by Lackey, Lindsay

Struggling to control the wind powers that render her skies stormy whenever she feels stressed, a foster-care girl arrives at the petting-zoo home of a quirky couple before her new sense of belonging is challenged by the return of her troubled mother. Simultaneous eBook.

Lindsay Lackey has trained as an opera singer, worked in children's and teen services at a public library, and worked for a major publishing house in publicity and marketing. Born and raised in Colorado, she now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their spoiled dog. All the Impossible Things is her debut novel.

When Red is placed with foster parents the Grooves, she knows it's just another temporary home until her mom is released from jail. The more time she spends with the Grooves, however, the more hope Red feels. Torn between wanting to reunite with her mom and the growing love for her foster parents, she also struggles to control her magical power over the wind-a power that is tied to her emotional state. And when Red finally begins to reconnect with her mother, her wish to be reunited is shattered by the realization that her mother may not yet have overcome her own struggles. Written in brief chapters intercut by letters, lists, and flashbacks, Lackey's debut beautifully depicts a young girl who, through hardship and beyond hope, finds a family in the most unexpected of places and learns that all things are possible with love. An emotional tale filled with unique characters, heartbreaking realities, and a touch of magical realism. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

A preteen tries to balance desperately missing her mother and slowly falling in love with her foster family. Ruby "Red" Byrd, a white girl, isn't expecting much when her social worker leaves her with Jackson and Celine Groove, an interracial older couple who own a petting zoo. But the Grooves are gentle and kind; they barely flinch whenever Red lashes out or misses her mom, who is in prison after a pill addiction left Red effectively on her own. Red learns to love the animals, and her neighbor and classmate Marvin, who is Hawaiian and knows what it's like to feel like an outsider, takes it upon himself to become her best friend whether she likes it or not. (And as far as Red is concerned, that's not.) But whenever Red gets angry or distressed, the wind picks up and wreaks havoc wherever she is, and this magic makes her feel even guiltier than she already does for being what she views as an imposition to her foster parents. With heart-wrenching, distressing flashbacks to life with her mother and grandmother before entering the foster system and heartwarming bittersweet moments with h er new extended family (Marvin's parents are the assigned respite family), Lackey balances Red's navigation of her new reality. Red's occasional, interspersed letters to her mother add further poignancy. Painful to read—in a good way. (Fiction. 8-14) Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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