Ways to Make Sunshine
by Watson, Renée; Mata, Nina (ILT)







Chapter 1 The Girl Who Could Be King
1(9)
Chapter 2 The Thing about Ice Cream
10(8)
Chapter 3 Saying Goodbye
18(6)
Chapter 4 New Beginnings
24(6)
Chapter 5 What Night-Lights Are For
30(12)
Chapter 6 Finders, Keepers
42(7)
Chapter 7 Pizza Night
49(4)
Chapter 8 Afro Puffs
53(8)
Chapter 9 What Easter Means to Me
61(10)
Chapter 10 How to Make a Home
71(6)
Chapter 11 Water
77(13)
Chapter 12 Hannah Wilkerson Has Talent
90(8)
Chapter 13 Saturday Market
98(8)
Chapter 14 Joy, Sweet Joy
106(8)
Chapter 15 Racing Bees
114(7)
Chapter 16 Secret Ingredients
121(8)
Chapter 17 What Brothers Do
129(6)
Chapter 18 Questions
135(7)
Chapter 19 Ways to Make Sunshine
142(10)
Chapter 20 Practice Makes Perfect
152(4)
Chapter 21 Believing
156(6)
Chapter 22 The Show Must Go On
162(5)
Chapter 23 Another Thing about Ice Cream
167


The Hart family of Portland, Oregon, faces many setbacks after Ryan's father loses his job, but no matter what, Ryan tries to bring sunshine to her loved ones. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.





Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author. Her novel, Piecing Me Together, received a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award. Her books include Love is a Revolution, Ways to Make Sunshine, Ways to Grow Love, Some Places More Than Others, This Side of Home, What Momma Left Me, Betty Before X, cowritten with Ilyasah Shabazz, and Watch Us Rise, cowritten with Ellen Hagan, as well as two acclaimed picture books: A Place Where Hurricanes Happen and Harlem's Little Blackbird, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Renée grew up in Portland, Oregon, and splits her time between Portland and New York City.

www.reneewatson.net
@reneewauthor





*Starred Review* A beautifully rendered series of vignettes à la Beezus and Ramona (Cleary, 1955) featuring a Black girl developing into her own personhood, this is a strong start to a new middle-grade series by Newbery Honor Book author Watson (Piecing Me Together, 2017). Each chapter pulls the reader into the mind of Ryan Hart, a vivacious child navigating her family's changing circumstances after her father loses his job and finds a midnight shift position that pays less. Petty squabbles with her older brother, her mother's moods, and the family's move to a much smaller house all introduce new challenges for Ryan to overcome. And overcome she does, with personality and spirit reminiscent of some of the most well-loved heroines in classic juvenile fiction tales. These stories do not shy away from the dynamics of race and girlhood-in one particularly realistic scene, Ryan is told not to get her recently straightened hair wet at a pool party and feels ashamed of the way it changes after she does-but they do not skimp on levity or spunkiness either. The few illustrations sprinkled throughout add a lot to the depiction of a childhood rich in familial love and Black girl magic. More than a window into the everyday experiences of children of color, this ensures that African American girls in particular feel seen.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Watson is no stranger to critical acclaim or best-seller lists, and her latest should have no trouble finding a ready audience. Grades 3-5. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





Ryan Hart is navigating the fourth grade and all its challenges with determination. Her mom named her Ryan because it means "king," and she wanted Ryan to feel powerful every time she heard her name; Ryan knows it means she is a leader. So when changes occur or disaster strikes, budding chef Ryan does her best to find the positive and "make sunshine." When her dad is laid off from the post office, the family must make adjustments that include moving into a smaller house, selling their car, and changing how they shop for groceries. But Ryan gets to stay at Vernon Elementary, and her mom still finds a way to get her the ingredients she needs to practice new recipes. Her older brother, Ray, can be bossy, but he finds little ways to support her, especially when she is down-as does the whole family. Each episodic chapter confronts Ryan with a situation; intermittently funny, frustrating, and touching, they should be familiar and accessible to readers, as when Ryan fumbles her Easter speech despite careful practice. Ryan, her family, and friends are black, a nd Watson continues to bring visibility to both Portland, Oregon, generally and its black community specifically, making another wonderful contribution that allows black readers to see themselves and all readers to find a character they can love. Move over Ramona Quimby, Portland has another neighbor you have to meet! (Fiction. 8-10) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





Ryan Hart is navigating the fourth grade and all its challenges with determination. Her mom named her Ryan because it means "king," and she wanted Ryan to feel powerful every time she heard her name; Ryan knows it means she is a leader. So when changes occur or disaster strikes, budding chef Ryan does her best to find the positive and "make sunshine." When her dad is laid off from the post office, the family must make adjustments that include moving into a smaller house, selling their car, and changing how they shop for groceries. But Ryan gets to stay at Vernon Elementary, and her mom still finds a way to get her the ingredients she needs to practice new recipes. Her older brother, Ray, can be bossy, but he finds little ways to support her, especially when she is down-as does the whole family. Each episodic chapter confronts Ryan with a situation; intermittently funny, frustrating, and touching, they should be familiar and accessible to readers, as when Ryan fumbles her Easter speech despite careful practice. Ryan, her family, and friends are black, a nd Watson continues to bring visibility to both Portland, Oregon, generally and its black community specifically, making another wonderful contribution that allows black readers to see themselves and all readers to find a character they can love. Move over Ramona Quimby, Portland has another neighbor you have to meet! (Fiction. 8-10) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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