Brave Like That (Paperback)

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Find yourself. Find your place. Find your brave.

This uplifting tale, which award-winning author Leslie Connor dubbed “a perfectly paced journey of the heart” is perfect for fans of Lisa Graff and Lynda Mullaly Hunt. 

Cyrus Olson’s dad is a hero—Northfield’s former football star and now one of their finest firefighters. Everyone expects Cyrus to follow in his dad’s record-breaking footsteps, and he wishes they were right—except he’s never been brave like that. But this year, with the help of a stray dog, a few new friends, a little bit of rhythm, and a lot of nerve, he may just discover that actually…he is.

Lauded as “remarkable” by the New York Times Book Review, Lindsey Stoddard’s heartfelt stories continue to garner critical acclaim, and her latest novel will have fans new and old rooting for Cyrus and Parker’s special bond and the courage it helps them both to find.

About the Author

Lindsey Stoddard was born and raised in Vermont. She spent twelve years living in NYC and taught middle school English at MS 324 in the neighborhood of Washington Heights. She recently moved back to Vermont with her husband and two children. Right as Rain is her second novel, following the acclaimed Just Like Jackie.

Praise For…

“Family, love, loyalty, friendship, and bravery are tested in this small-town narrative. A great novel for any tween learning to find their own voice.”

“Heartfelt and triumphant. Cyrus’s journey toward self-acceptance will inspire readers of all ages.”
— School Library Journal (starred review)

“Help comes from surprising directions in this moving, character-driven tale. With a strong, never-preachy anti-bullying message, this one scores a touchdown.”
Kirkus Reviews

"A heartrending and compassionate read about how standing up for something can help you stand up for yourself."
— Lesa Cline-Ransome

"Lindsey Stoddard creates a highly relatable character in Cyrus Olson then puts him on a perfectly paced journey of the heart. Destination: the bravery to reveal his most authentic self to the people he loves."  
— Leslie Connor, author of The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

“This exploration of courage has a good strong heart-beat: both in terms of compassion and suspense.”
— Newbery award winning author Laura Amy Schlitz

Praise for Right as Rain: ★ “This touching middle grade novel addresses the heartache of loss while also providing an insightful, accessible introduction to privilege, homelessness, and gentrification. Honest, gut-wrenching, and hopeful, this is a story about letting people in and discovering you’re a part of something larger.”
— School Library Journal (starred review)

★ “Timely, well-integrated themes, a vibrant setting, and well-drawn, likable characters make this a winner.” 
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Stoddard has a knack for writing strong, feisty protagonists [and] her exploration of grief’s grip on a family rings true and tender. A remarkable job.”
New York Times Book Review

“Stoddard excels at low-key atmosphere and characterization. Rain’s an admirably strong and sensitive heroine, and her approach to a tough transition will appeal to many readers.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062878120
ISBN-10: 0062878123
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Pages: 288
Language: English