Scully, a young hearing-impaired girl, wants to play outside in the rain, away from her brother Leo and her busy mother. She loves to feel the sensation of the rain running over her face. After esca
Scully, a young hearing-impaired girl, wants to play outside in the rain, away from her brother Leo and her busy mother. She loves to feel the sensation of the rain running over her face. After escaping briefly to the wet green trees outside, she is grounded and not allowed to leave the house for a day. As evening approaches, Scully and her mother are able to share a special moment together watching the stars.
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"Now this is one book title I can relate to and I suspect a few other parents and children can, too . . . Rachna Gilmore doesn’t sugar-coat the angry interaction of the family members. She lets the story, from the perspective of Scully, who is also hearing impaired, unfold realistically. The result is a tale of heart-warming insight into the mind of a little soul trying hard to have a good day."
— The London Free Press
"What makes A Screaming Kind of Day unique, and quite wonderful, is that Scully’s inability to hear is not her problem at all. For much of the book, in fact, it’s her solution to the problem . . . Scully is as convincingly real a human being as any child in children’s literature, and her self-acceptance, so complete it’s left entirely unspoken, represents an important step forward in the depiction of children different from what we tend to call normal. For all its brevity, Rachna Gilmore’s text for A Screaming Kind of Day was a deserving winner for this year’s Governor General’s Award."
— Starred review, The Quill and Quire
"This wonderful child shows that, despite a small difference, some experiences are universal. The story is gently and beautifully told by Rachna Gilmore."
— The Houston Chronicle
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Winner of the 1999 Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature - Text
"This wonderful book is a carefully composed collection of moments during one of those days when parents experience exasperation. Rachna Gilmore, a talented author,magically captures a child's overbrimming love of life and irrepressible spirit of mischief and rebellion. This is not abook with a message; rather, it is a sweet story told in exquisite fashion. A Screaming Kind of Day is an engaging "singing in the rain" book which children will love to read."
— Jury Statement, 1999 Governor General's Literary Awards, Children's Literature Text.
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Born in India, Rachna Gilmore has lived in England, Prince Edward Island, and now resides in Ottawa, Ontario. Her most recent books are Fangs and Me , Ellen's Terrible TV Troubles and Mina's Spring of Colors.
Gordon Sauve is the illustrator of Dinosaurs by Elizabeth MacLeod and Fangs and Me by Rachna Gilmore. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.