MACY McMILLAN AND THE RAINBOW GODDESS by Pitch Wars mentor, Shari Green … release day & giveaway!


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I’m thrilled to share with you the release of Shari Green’s MACY McMILLAN AND THE RAINBOW GODDESS. Go to the end of the post to find out how to enter the giveaway. But first, here’s a little something about the book …

MACY McMILLAN AND THE RAINBOW GODDESS, by Shari Green, is a middle grade novel in verse, out in the U.S. today from Pajama Press.

About the book:

Olivia has been Macy McMillan’s best friend ever since Macy transferred to Hamilton Elementary from Braeside School for the Deaf. But then their sixth grade teacher assigned that embarrassing family tree project, and Olivia made a joke about Macy’s father, and now neither girl is speaking—or signing—to the other.

It couldn’t have happened at a worse time. With her mother getting married and an ugly For Sale sign jammed into their yard, Macy could really use a best friend right now. But it seems the only person who has time for her these days is Iris Gillan from next door. And it’s not like a crabby, old woman who doesn’t even know sign language is going to be any comfort. Right?

MACY McMILLAN AND THE RAINBOW GODDESS is a Junior Library Guild 2017 selection.


 “The verse trails down the pages in narrow bands leaving plenty of white space. Even characters that are barely sketched emerge fully realized through the spare yet poignant narrative….Macy’s life lessons are realistic and illuminating; that she is deaf adds yet another dimension to an already powerful tale..”—Kirkus 

“Told as a verse-novel, in a light yet poignant style … there is much to admire here including a clear plot line, rich character development, and sudden, incisive humour … Highly recommended.”—CM Magazine 

“…heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once …  a welcome addition to every school library and school curriculum.” —Wendy McLeod MacKnight, author


About the author …


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Shari Green lives on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. MACY McMILLAN AND THE RAINBOW GODDESS is her second novel for children. Her first, ROOT BEER CANDY AND OTHER MIRACLES, is a 2017 Crystal Kite finalist and a Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award nominee. Visit Shari online at


Giveaway! Comment for a chance to win a signed paperback edition of MACY McMILLAN AND THE RAINBOW GODDESS. Please include an email addy. Open internationally.

Do you have a special story about your sixth grade friend? Ever had a fight and not speak to him or her for a long period of time? We’d love to hear your story!

Author: Brenda Drake

New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2) available now, creator of #PitchWars, #PitchMadness, and #PitMad, fueled by coffee and Goldfish crackers (but not together), and represented by Peter Knapp with The Park Literary Group. @brendadrake

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  1. Yes! In 6th grade my best friend since second grade and I became friends with a boy. Then, suddenly, no warning, at 6th grade camp, this boy tells me that my friend no longer wants to speak to me and that she sent him to tell me. She gave me the silent treatment for the rest of the school year. To this day, I still don’t know what happened even though I tried and tried asking.

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  2. Congratulations, Shari. I loved this book so much. A similar experience of mine in elementary school really made this story resonate with me.

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  3. I moved around to so many towns and schools – no best, best friend.


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  4. Sixth grade was the year I became obsessed with death. Specifically, my mother’s death. It caused me to wander aimlessly at recess, wondering about the fragility of human life. Wondering when my mom would leave me behind. Soon, my friends had abandoned me and the recess teachers were redirecting me, no longer wanting to answer questions about the deaths of old women (my mom was 38 whole years old at the time).
    Eventually, all I had was my morbid thoughts and my own miserable company. Until, one day, I sat on the wall next to our school’s only foreign exchange student. She was Japanese and only in the US for one year. And, she was drawing beautiful pictures of beautiful girls.
    I sat next to her at recess for a week before I brought out my own pencil and paper. I didn’t even need to ask, before she was showing me how to draw. Soon, I learned all her tricks but we hardly ever spoke. We couldn’t.
    Eventually, I figured out that my mom wasn’t going to die and leave me as quickly as my dad had done a few months before in my parents’ divorce. I started playing at recess and I forgot about my silent friend.
    Still, to this day, if you ask me to draw a person, I use the method that she taught me and I think about the profound Influence a stranger can have on a person’s life.
    And, I still, on occasion, pace grass green fields and wonder at the temporary condition of human existence.

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