Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Waiting for Normal

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.


Laurie Walsh said...

I just finished this book! It is so delightful and one of the best I've read lately. Addie's life breaks my heart. She's so strong and her mom keeps her on a roller coaster . . . her mom is an "all or nothing" mama and cannot be depended upon at all. Addie is my hero!!

Lori said...

I loved this book! In our society today, many kids' lives take twists and turns that they cannot control. This book touches on many sensitive issues, but in a sweet and caring way. It could be a sad story, but Connor chooses to focus on the silver linings, rather than the clouds. I give 5 ***** for the universal appeal of this heartwarming gem.