Running Through Sprinklers


Product Details

Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
5.8 X 0.9 X 8.6 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Michelle Kim is a filmmaker and actor. She was born and raised in Surrey, Canada, and now lives in Vancouver, Canada. Running Through Sprinklers is her first novel. Visit her at


"Sara's internal dialogue gradually awakens emotional truth and personal growth as she learns from her mistakes . . . Readers get a ringside seat to the rite of passage of feeling true sadness for the first time in this story for readers readying to move up to YA."--Kirkus Reviews
"A highlight of the novel . . . is Sara's strong relationship with her family and her Korean heritage."--School Library Journal
"This appealing Canadian debut [is] . . . Full of familiar middle-grade experiences. . . . Sara's feelings of betrayal and confusion ring true. She learns a valuable lesson that, though friendships evolve and change is inevitable, she's resilient and unbreakable."--Booklist
"Kim fills this honest coming-of-age story with small yet treasured memories from Sara and Nadine's friendship, conveying the depth of their connection and the uncertainty that change brings. . . . Sara's Korean identity is a particularly well-integrated part of the story. Kim's debut deftly explores the complexities of friendship and growing up, as well as the satisfaction that comes through self-discovery."--Publishers Weekly
* "Captures with unusually knowing and respectful perception the steps of a friend shift. . . . Readers who loved Dowell's The Secret Language of Girls and its sequels or who are going through their own friendship renegotiations will appreciate the intensity about BFF love and BFF loss."--BCCB, Starred Review
"Debut author Kim deftly and sympathetically evokes Sara's confusion, grief, and anger during this year of upheaval. . . . [an] introspective story of moving from childhood (characterized by glorious days of running through sprinklers) to adolescence."--The Horn Book