Addison Addley and the Trick of the Eye

Overview

Addison's mother wants to sell their comfortable old house and move into a townhouse in a new development across town#&8212;a shoe box near a shoe factory, Addison calls it. As usual, Addison's brain goes into overdrive as he tries to solve two problems: first he must get his mother to see their old house in a new light, and then he must figure out who is responsible for a rash of neighborhood break-ins that make his mother feel unsafe. With the help of his friend Sam, he puts his own unique spin on optical ...
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Overview

Addison's mother wants to sell their comfortable old house and move into a townhouse in a new development across town#&8212;a shoe box near a shoe factory, Addison calls it. As usual, Addison's brain goes into overdrive as he tries to solve two problems: first he must get his mother to see their old house in a new light, and then he must figure out who is responsible for a rash of neighborhood break-ins that make his mother feel unsafe. With the help of his friend Sam, he puts his own unique spin on optical illusions (and home decor) and ends up surprising everyone, even himself.
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Editorial Reviews

BookLinx
"Addison has a wonderfully humorous voice...Very entertaining and written in an empathetic way."
Booklist Online
"Addison is a well-meaning, lively character whose entertaining narrative is told in short, suspenseful chapters that keep the story moving. Readers will also enjoy the fun activities, with the scientific explanations behind optical illusions and magic tricks accessibly conveyed."
CM Magazine
"Once again McMillan's teaching background has facilitated her talent of blending a fascinating variety of scientific principles with an exciting plot and engaging characters…Similar to the character Greg Heffley from Jeff Kinney's "Wimpy Kid" series, likeable and identifiable hero Addison seems to have it all figured out; he just needs to get everyone else to see things his way…Highly Recommended."
Library Media Connection
"Readers will enjoy Addison's adventures and have fun trying to solve the mystery. Recommended."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
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CM Magazine
"Once again McMillan's teaching background has facilitated her talent of blending a fascinating variety of scientific principles with an exciting plot and engaging characters Similar to the character Greg Heffley from Jeff Kinney's "Wimpy Kid" series, likeable and identifiable hero Addison seems to have it all figured out; he just needs to get everyone else to see things his way Highly Recommended."
Children's Literature - Michele C. Hughes
Fifth grader Addison Addley does not want to move to a townhouse across town, despite his mother's plan to get them into a safer neighborhood and a smaller home with easier upkeep. Two recent break-ins at a classmate's home have alarmed her—and the community as well. When scraps of paper with mysterious phrases turn up in the neighborhood, Addison's mind starts to simmer with ideas about what it all could mean. A school fundraiser featuring optical illusions and magic provides the final clues for Addison to solve the mystery of who is responsible for the break-ins and why. Meanwhile, Addison uses surplus paint and recycled wood for home improvements in order to persuade his mom that they should not move. Especially appealing to the science-minded, this story is full of interestingly presented information about optics and refraction. In the discussion of the school's science fundraiser, the narration includes practical, fun, and educational science experiments. The character of Addison is resourceful, intelligent, and likable, though some of the other characters are a bit one-dimensional: the dense friend, the bossy schoolmate, the vegetarian parent. Mysteries like this one ideally have enough information to be solved by the reader, but this solution hinges on a reader's knowledge of elementary French, making it more likely to be guessed by its Canadian audience. Reviewer: Michele C. Hughes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554691890
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Orca Young Readers Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,030,074
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Melody DeFields McMillan is a teacher who lives in Simcoe, Ontario, not far from where she grew up. She is the mother of two adult children. When she's not writing, she's enjoying all that nature has to offer. Her first book about the irrepressible Addison (Addison Addley and the Things That Aren't There) was nominated for a Silver Birch Award.
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Read an Excerpt

I tried one more time to get to sleep, but now my eyelids didn't want to behave. Did you ever notice how your eyelids futter back and forth really fast when you're trying to be still so you can sleep? The more you want them to stop moving, the faster they jump around. Same with your brain. The more you want it to slow down, the faster ideas and pictures come storming through. Like right now, ripped notes and slimy worms and broken steps were playing hide-and-seek in my head.

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