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Addie on the Insideby James Howe
Synopses & Reviews
The Gang of Five is back in this third story from Paintbrush Falls. Addie Carle, the only girl in the group of friends is outspoken, opinionated, and sometimes…just a bit obnoxious.
But as seventh grade progresses, Addie’s not so sure anymore about who she is. It seems her tough exterior is just a little too tough and that doesn’t help her deal with the turmoil she feels on the inside as she faces the pains of growing up.
Told in elegant, accessible verse, ADDIE ON THE INSIDE gives readers a look at a strong, smart, and sensitive girl struggling with the box society wants to put her in. Addie confronts experiences many readers will relate to: the loss of a beloved pet, first heartbreak, teasing…but also, friendship, love, and a growing confidence in one’s self.
You Are Who They Say You Are
They say in the seventh grade
you are who they say you are,
but how can that be true?
How can I be a /Godzilla-girl /lezzie loser /know-it-all/
big-mouth /beanpole /string bean/ freaky tall/
fall-down /spaz attack /brainiac /maniac/
hopeless nerd /*bad word*/brown-nosing /teacher’s pet/
showing off /just to get
and did I mention:
How can I be all that?
It’s too many things to be.
How can I be all that and
still be true to the real me
while everyone is saying:
"Written in narrative verse that has the rhythm and punch of spoken-word poetry, this companion to The Misfits and Totally Joe intimately conveys the internal conflicts of seventh-grader Addie, whose outspokenness makes her a target for ridicule at school. As bold and confident as she may appear, Addie is filled with worries both external ('I worry how in the world/ the world will ever be okay. Then/ I turn off my alarm/ and get on with the day') and internal, particularly regarding her relationships with her boyfriend, DuShawn, and her catty former friend, Becca. Addie's attempts to organize a Day of Silence don't go as planned, but she gains support in unexpected places and, as someone seldom at a loss for words, she finds her self-imposed quiet revelatory. Howe's artfully crafted lines show Addie's intelligence and wit, and his imagery evokes the aura of sadness surrounding 'this purgatory of/ the middle school years/ when so many things/ that never mattered before/ and will never matter again/ matter.' Readers will empathize with Addie's anguish and admire her courage to keep fighting. Ages 10 — 14. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
andlt;Bandgt;In this and#8220;artfully craftedand#8221; (andlt;iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/iandgt;) companion to the bestselling andlt;iandgt;The Misfitsandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Totally Joeandlt;/iandgt;, Addie Carle confronts labels, loss, and what it means to grow up.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The Gang of Five is back in this third story from Paintbrush Falls. Addie Carle, the only girl in the group of friends is outspoken, opinionated, and sometimesand#8230;just a bit obnoxious.andlt;BRandgt;But as seventh grade progresses, Addieand#8217;s not so sure anymore about who she is. It seems her tough exterior is just a little too tough, and that doesnand#8217;t help her deal with the turmoil she feels on the inside as she faces the pains of growing up.andlt;BRandgt;Told in elegant, accessible verse, andlt;iandgt;Addie on the Insideandlt;/iandgt; is a thought-provoking look at a strong, smart, and sensitive girl struggling with the box society wants to put her in. Addie confronts experiences we can relate to: the loss of a beloved pet, first heartbreak, teasingand#8230;but also, friendship, love, and a growing confidence in oneand#8217;s self.
About the Author
James Howe is the author of more than seventy books for young readers, including the popular and award-winning series about Bunnicula and his friends. Among his other books are the Pinky and Rex series, the Sebastian Barth mysteries, and The Misfits and Totally Joe, which inspired the nation-wide initiative for No Name-Calling Week. He lives in New York.
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