Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

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Addie is waiting for normal.

But Addie's mom has an all-or-nothing approach to life: a food fiesta or an empty pantry, jubilation or gloom, her way or no way.

All or nothing never adds up to normal.

All or nothing can't bring you all to home, which is exactly where Addie longs to be, with her half sisters, every day.

In spite of life's twists and turns, Addie remains optimistic. Someday, maybe, she'll find normal.

Leslie Connor has created an inspiring novel about one girl's giant spirit. waiting for normal is a heartwarming gem.


About Leslie Connor

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Leslie Connor grew up outside of Schenectady, New York, and frequently crossed Freeman's Bridge on her way into the city. Waiting for Normal was inspired by a not-at-all-glamorous lot on a corner. Leslie thinks of this story as a love letter back to the city of Schenectady. She is the author of the award-winning picture book Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel and Dead on Town Line, a young-adult novel in verse. She lives with her family in Connecticut.
Published January 26, 2010 by Katherine Tegen Books. 320 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She optimistically starts sixth grade, makes friends, meets her neighbors and keeps house on a shoestring while her unpredictable mother spends days sleeping and nights chatting on the Internet.

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Teen Reads

Dwight gains custody of the two little girls and tries to get Addie as well, but since she’s not a blood relative, there isn’t much he can do.

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Common Sense Media

And Addie herself knows that her mother is unable to take care of her, yet does everything she can to hide that fact from those who love her and would protect her if they knew, even going so far, in one heartbreaking scene, as to fill empty food boxes with paper and put them in the cabinets so th...

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Greenwich Library

Addie is a girl in 6th grade who lives in a trailer with her "mommers."

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