Addie on the Inside

Addie on the Inside

Book - 2011/07/26
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Outspoken thirteen-year-old Addie Carle learns about love, loss, and staying true to herself as she navigates seventh grade, enjoys a visit from her grandmother, fights with her boyfriend, and endures gossip and meanness from her former best friend.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011/07/26
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781416913849
141691384X
Branch Call Number: J FICTION HOWE
Characteristics: xiii, 206 p. ; 22 cm

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GPLKids Dec 20, 2011

Addie on the Inside is a powerful novel in verse written in the voice of a seventh grade girl who is bright but not popular with the main- stream ' tweens in her class. Addie does have friends, including a popular boy, DuShawn who seems able to see past the absence of trendy clothes and the lack of curves to appreciate Addie for the brave and outspoken girl she is. James Howe does a remarkable job in showing how Addie grows through her seventh grade year and especially how she relates to different adults who are in her life but who do not dominate her days. Addie’s grandmother is a neutral presence, a good listener and one who supports without preaching. Teachers are portrayed as both positive and negative presences. There is a subplot of Addie’s involvement in supporting LGBT students and demonstrating the courage of her beliefs in the face of teasing. The problem of “former best friends” is demonstrated in Addie’s relationship with Becca, a puzzle to Addie.
Mr. Howe has a marvelous ear for the social cruelties involved in seventh grade. Some of the poems are stand-alone messages which are true and vital even without the novel as a frame.
This book is not light but it is hopeful and true to the reality of middle school angst.

missmarcy Sep 18, 2011

Told in verse

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