Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess


A summer read for fans of Sharon Creech and Kate DiCamillo.

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 (Pajama Press, 2017) is a middle grade novel in verse, available now.


  • 2019 IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities selection
  • 2018 ALA Schneider Family Book Award winner
  • 2020 Kentucky Bluegrass Award nominee
  • 2020 Illinois Bluestem Readers’ Choice Award nominee
  • 2020 CLAU Beehive Award nominee (poetry)
  • 2020 Virginia Readers’ Choice Middle School List nominee
  • 2019 New York Public Library “Read Harder” selection
  • 2019 Chocolate Lily Award nominee
  • 2019 Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee
  • 2019 SYRCA Diamond Willow Award finalist
  • 2019 Great Stone Face Book Award nominee
  • 2018 IODE Violet Downey Book Award finalist
  • 2018 Horn Book “Back-to-School” selection
  • 2018 USBBY Outstanding International Books selection
  • 2018 Forest of Reading Silver Birch Fiction Award finalist
  • 2017 Fall Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2017 Junior Library Guild selection
  • 2017 Resource Links “The Year’s Best”


“The novel-in-verse structure is clever, engaging, and accessible. Macy’s deafness is skillfully woven into the story, adding depth and complexity to her characterization and relationships with others. … Macy’s coming-of-age anxieties, observations, and insights will resonate with middle grade readers. A strong purchase for public and school libraries.”—School Library Journal

“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 

“…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

…insightfully poignant…Shari Green uses few words, but the right ones, to grow a story of such sensitivity for and awareness of her characters and readers that all will leave the story fulfilled.”CanLit for LittleCanadians

“…a beautifully emotional, poetic treasure. Shari Green’s writing is captivating and she has created, in Macy McMillan, a complex, true-to-life, sensitive preteen girl….Green’s writing is superbly lyrical, touching, and likely to stick with readers for a long time….Highly recommended for all children’s libraries.”Resource Links


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