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Addy's Race
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Addy's Race
Series: Orca Young Readers
Creators: Debby Waldman
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub. date: 10/01/2011
Lib. SRP: 5.99 USD
Ret. SRP: 5.99 USD
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
ISBN: 9781554699261
DRM Level: Adobe Content Server 4
Min. Version: Adobe Digital Editions
File size: 702 KB
Grade Range: Grade 2 - Grade 3
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Juvenile Fiction, Juvenile Literature
Keywords:
   Friendship
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Short Description:
   

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'd 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.

Full Description:
   

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'd 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.

Reviews:
  School Library Journal
     

January 1, 2012

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

Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Creator Marketing:
  Debby Waldman     
      Debby lives in Edmonton with her husband and two children and conducts writing workshops with students of all ages. When not working on one of her many writing projects, she enjoys reading, cycling, baking, attempting to make nutritionally balanced meals for her family, and ferrying her children to music lessons and sports activities. More information is available on her website www.debbywaldman.com.
Adobe EPUB eBook Rights:
  Copying allowed, 10 selections every 10 days
  Printing allowed, 10 pages every 10 days
  Lending not allowed
  Reading aloud allowed
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