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The Accidental Adventures of India McAllisterby Charlotte Agell
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Fourth grade is a year of changes, challenges, and ordinary joys for India McAllister. She lives in Maine with her artist mom and their dog, Tofu. Her father lives in the next town over with his new partner, Richard and their bird, Beatrice Strawberry. India - named for the ink, not the subcontinent - was adopted from China as a baby. Being the only Chinese girl in her small town fuels Indias search for identity. India reports in her own words and drawings about life, adventures (many with her good friend Colby) and all things annoying as well as what makes her happy. First three on the happy list: Tofu, Bird, and Colby!
The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
"The word 'adventures' could mislead some readers, but those looking for a realistic new character to love won't be disappointed in nine-year-old India McCallister, who could step right out of the lifestyles section of any contemporary newspaper. An adopted Chinese girl, she lives in smalltown Maine with her single mother, an artist and breast cancer survivor, and spends weekends with her gay father and his partner, Richard, who listen to NPR. Her constant companion is her dog, Tofu. What gives this book strength and validity is that these topics are never discussed; they are simply part of India's quotidian existence, presented in her authentic voice: 'I love my dad, too, except that he lives with Richard, and I'm just not so sure about Richard. It doesn't seem fair that he gets to see Dad every day and I don't.' An adventure for India is an early-morning walk with her dog; her worst day is when her best (boy) friend walks home from school with her archenemy. Sketchy line drawings, accompanied by India's commentary, provide appealing additional diary-like detail. A delightful addition to the middle-grade canon. Ages 8 — 11. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
India McAllister lives in Maine with her artist mom. Her father lives in the next town over with his new partner, Richard. India was adopted from China as a baby. Being the only Chinese girl in her small town fuels India's search for identity.
About the Author
Charlotte Agell has written and illustrated several picture books, as well as a the novels Welcome Home or Someplace Like It and Shift. She is a teacher of creative writing and art and lives with her family in Brunswick, Maine.
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