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ÂThereâs a hurricane smashing, trashing, bashing through our house. CRASH! BANG! WALLOP!â The hurricane is Wills, Chrisâs thirteen-year-old brother. He has ADHD. Having a brother who causes so much chaos around the house is hard on eleven-year-old Chris. Sometimes Wills acts like heâs six years younger, sometimes like heâs only a toddler. He throws food on the floor, has tantrums, and teases Chris relentlessly. And when Chris and Willsâs dad moves out, everyone feels abandoned. Chris believes he has to be even more supportive towards his mom when sometimes all he wants to do is shout and scream just like Wills. In the wake of his parentsâ divorce, Wills starts hanging out with a bad crowd, shoplifting, and not coming home directly after school. When Chris finds a stash of money under Willsâs mattress, he knows he is up to something bad. It is only when things get truly out of control that the two brothers manage to help each other, and even find some solutions for the problems they share.
Sally Grindley captures the difficulties of living with ADHD and divorce, two of todayâs most challenging family issues. Written for a wide audience of young readers, Hurricane Wills provides an honest narrative that balances daily hardship with the optimistic resiliency of a family thatâs just trying to get by.