Today is Kirkus Reviews publication day, and so we can reveal in full the starred review the publication has bestowed on Joanne Rocklin's lovely middle-grade novel One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street, which releases April 1 from Amulet Books/Abrams:
Does the arrival of a mysterious man in a green car presage a miracle on
Orange Street? Does the orange cone in front of the empty lot where the last majestic orange tree stood mean trouble? The tree was rooted in the lives of four kids. Bunny, age nine, has OCD and worries every time her mother flies. Leandra lives at 301½ above the garage with her grandparents because her mother is pregnant. Ali has a toddler brother who has stopped talking after a hospital stay. Lonely Robert is a chubby would-be magician with a crush on Ali. The segments of their lives cluster around the orange tree that holds secrets in the dirt, shelters hummingbird nests and provides shade. There’s also Manny, the dreadlocked nanny for Ali’s brother, and Ms. Snoops, whose memory is like a lacy antimacassar, with holes. Unfolding in one day’s time, the story recounts how secrets are revealed, curiosity is satisfied and wishing becomes hope because the spirit and ties of friendship and community are resilient and strong. Fully realized characters and setting definitely make this one morning on California Orange Streetamazing.