Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
Twelve-year-old Addie tries to cope with her mother's erratic behavior and being separated from her beloved stepfather and half-sisters when she and her mother go to live in a small trailer by the railroad tracks on the outskirts of Schenectady, New York. Centered around themes of loss, heartbreak, abandonment, and new beginnings, this story portrays a resilient and resourceful girl, a positive father figure and strong relationships. The serious topics are presented in a straightforward and believable daily incidents. Addie is a memorable character, a heroine with spunk and spirit.