June 21, 2019
For the love of teaching, middle-grade literature, and poignant stories…..
The Secret of Clouds by Alyson Richman
Genre/Categories: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
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Yuri, a sixth grader, has a life-threatening heart condition likely caused by his mother’s exposure to radiation in the Cherynobol incident in the Ukraine, SSR. Because of his poor health and fear of infection, he cannot attend school. Maggie, a compassionate, creative, and innovative teacher, agrees to tutor him in his home twice a week. This is the story of the connection they form and what they learn from each other. The story also explores Yuri’s parents’ early life and background.