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Addy's Race
Contributor(s): Waldman, Debby

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ISBN: 155469924X     ISBN-13: 9781554699247
Publisher: Orca Book Pub
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2011

Annotation: Addy has worn hearing aids for as long as she can remember. Her mother tells her this makes her special, but now that Addy's in grade six, she wants to be special for what she's done. When Addy joins the school running club to keep her best friend, Lucy, company, she discovers she is a gifted runner. Lucy isn't, which is problematic. Further troubles surface when Addy gets paired on a school project with Sierra, a smart, self-assured new classmate who wears a cochlear implant. Addy is surprised to discover hearing loss is all they have in common—and a shared disability is not enough of a foundation for a friendship. True friends support each other, even if they have different passions and dreams. More importantly, Addy comes to understand that she is defined by more than her hearing loss. She has the power to choose how people will see her, and she does.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Hearing impaired; Fiction.
Runners (Sports); Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Readers
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Special Needs
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2011032539
Lexile Measure: 620
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Orca Young Readers
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.00" W x 0.25" (0.30 lbs) 123 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 148340
Reading Level: 4.0   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 3.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 January)

Gr 4–6—Sixth-grader Addy, who happens to wear hearing aids, doesn't want pity. Her sarcastic tone comes through from the first line: "You would not believe how many people expect me to be like Helen Keller." The presence of a new girl with a cochlear implant and Addy's newfound passion for running spurs her to deal with her resentment of her mother's obsession with her hearing loss. She also faces universal concerns: wanting to run even though her best friend won't run with her, and dealing with bullies Stephanie and Emma. ("My grandmother would say they're like two peas in a pod. I hate peas.") Firmly set in Canada, the story contains some references that are likely to sail right over the heads of U.S. readers (Becel margarine, anyone?). Copious references to contemporary brands and entertainers (lululemon, Aritzia, Lady Gaga…) may quickly date the book—and that's a shame, because Addy's voice makes for a readable, relatable tale.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

[Page 132]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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