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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Waiting for Normal

Yay! The first of my reviews of Cybils books!

Waiting for Normal. . . isn't really a good title for this book. Leslie Connor writes a story of a spunky young gal who is all about making things happen -- not waiting for them. Sure, I guess there is a little bit of waiting happening in the book, but by and large Addie recognizes her problems with a keen mind and a go-get-'em attitude. She sees what's going on, what needs to happen, and she makes lemonade, so to speak.

Addie's mom is all or nothing, hot or cold. She loves her kids, but her priorities can get tossed around and she doesn't always see the consequences of her actions. But Mommers and Addie are doing alright. Or are they?

Tough issues, great treatment. I very much fell in love with some of the characters. Actually, now that I think about it, most of them. I heart Addie and Soula and Grandio and Dwight and Hannah and the Littles and even Mommers. Recommended to the 10+ crowd of realistic fiction fans.

3 comments:

  1. Oh I am so glad you read this book, I loved it (I think this was actually my nomination for the Cybils. I'm so glad you got to review it!) How do you get on the Cybils panel? Are you chosen, or can you nominate yourself? :)

    (However, I wish you could have gone into more depth though). Your age group recommendation is spot-on.

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  2. heather -- it's a bit of both. You volunteer, and then the organizers take a while to look at your blog (which has to have existed for a year) and decide if you're right for the team this year.

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