Rain Must Fall

rain must fall  Nandita Basu

In this first-person graphic novel, illustrated with spare black and white drawings, Rumi, a non-binary 15-year-old, discovers a ghost in their ancestral home by the sea.  Across the generations, the struggles both have experienced to express themselves within the family and as artists are gradually revealed. The two realize the importance of  being seen – and loved – for who they really are. Teens will be drawn to this paranormal drama about friendship and identity and will root for both souls.---from the publisher

128 pages 978-0143454090 Ages 12 and up

Keywords:  graphic novel, ghosts, being yourself, believing in yourself, paranormal, identity, friends, non-binary, 13 year old, 14 year old, 15 year old, Winner of the 2022 YA Neev Book Award, diversity, diverse books


Rumi is not too enthusiastic about accompanying Baba to the sleepy village of Shankerpur, where he is planning to convert their ancestral home into a bed and breakfast. But Rumi is happy to be away from school and friends who have problems understanding Rumi's identity.

In the middle of one night, Rumi encounters a ghost--Rain, who does not remember his own story or why he is compelled to be a ghost. And it is in trying to help Rain find his peace, that sets Rumi on a journey of love, friendship and acceptance.

This is a tale of love and loss, of rejection and affirmation, and above all, the healing and illuminating power of friendship.---from the publisher

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