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The secret of clouds / Alyson Richman.

Richman, Alyson, author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library RIC (Text) 33500013009204 New Available -
Cormorant LINK Site RIC (Text) 33500013009196 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780451490773
  • ISBN: 0451490770
  • ISBN: 9781984802620
  • ISBN: 1984802623
  • Physical Description: 357 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: Berkley trade paperback edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2019.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "In her second year teaching sixth grade English, Maggie Topper is chosen for a special assignment: to privately tutor a student with serious health issues that prevent him from attending class with other kids. Though she agrees to the assignment, her decision is clouded with painful memories from her own childhood. It isn't easy for her to make a connection with Yuri Krasny, the son of two Ukrainian immigrants, until Maggie uncovers his passion for baseball. As she uses the sport to get Yuri more interested in her lessons, he begins to slowly open up to her. Piece by piece his story comes together, starting back when his mother, a ballerina in Kiev, met an earnest young student hoping for a better future...before a terrible accident changed their lives forever. Yuri's boundless curiosity and unique wisdom inspire Maggie to make difficult changes in her own life. And she'll never realize just how strong Yuri has made her--until she needs that strength the most..." -- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 January #1
    In Richman's affecting latest (after The Velvet Hours, 2016), new teacher Maggie is assigned to tutor a chronically ill student in his home in an effort to keep him classroom ready, should his health improve. Maggie finds herself drawn to the boy, Yuri, and eager to find ways to connect with him. She finally stumbles onto baseball—11-year-old Yuri is obsessed with the sport. At the same time, Maggie develops a friendship with Yuri's young mother, Katya. In flashbacks to Katya's life before Yuri's birth, the reader learns that she was a dance student in her native Kiev in 1986, when the Chernobyl meltdown occurred. She and her husband fear their exposure to the nuclear fallout may have resulted in Yuri's rare heart condition. Before Maggie knows it, her whole life is changing based on her time tutoring Yuri, in a powerful statement on the effect that teachers and students can have on one another. With lyrical writing and a compelling story, and featuring discussion topics and even recipes, this book is tailor-made for book groups. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Alyson Richman is the international bestselling author of The Velvet Hours, The Garden of Letters, The Lost Wife, The Last Van Gogh, The Rhythm of Memory, and The Mask Carver’s Son, and is featured in the anthology Grand Central. She lives in Long Island, New York, with her husband and two children.

Subject: English teachers > Fiction.
Life change events > Fiction.
Self-realization > Fiction.
Congenital heart disease > Patients > Fiction.
Grief > Fiction.
Children of immigrants > Fiction.
English teachers.
Life change events.
Genre: Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.

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