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Addy's Race

Addy's Race

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by Debby Waldman
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Fernfolio blog
"Addy’s struggle for acceptance as she tries to ignore the questions and curiosity and sometimes downright ignorance of others is honest and inspiring. A lovely book."
CM Magazine
"Waldman has developed a main character who is truly believable...Debby lets readers get to know Addy by allowing readers access to her constant diatribe of thoughts on every event in the story. Hilarious! After working with this age level for many years, it is clear to me that author Waldman understands young people very well. Addy's Race is a story that will capture a young reader's interest and keep it because the story is so true to the thoughts, feelings and experiences of kids in upper elementary and middle school. Highly Recommended."
Children's Literature - Greta Holt
Sixth grade Addy lives a normal life, except when people expect her to be like Helen Keller or the bionic woman. Addy has worn hearing aids for years. She is annoyed by the dramatics of her mother, the bragging of Stephanie and Emma about their running ability, and the intrusion of a new girl, Sierra, who has a cochlear implant, an advanced form of hearing technology that Addy does not have, or need. Waldman has created a realistic and enjoyable story. Students in elementary and middle school will identify with Addy's irritations and discoveries. Teachers can use this story as an engaging addition to diversity education. Addy's voice displays no self-pity, and she is a solid friend to the physically awkward Lucy, whose mother wants an athlete in the family. Addy learns that she herself is a fine runner, and that Stephanie and Emma have been untruthful about their involvement in a top running club. The book is an excellent example of normal life for a middle schooler, even one who wears hearing aids. Reviewer: Greta Holt
School Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554699247
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Series:
Orca Young Readers Series
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Read an Excerpt

My legs felt heavy. Now I understood why Lucy hated running. But I couldn't quit. I had to get to the finish line, and running would get me there faster.

Where were Stephanie and Emma? Probably at the finish. I pulled the corner of my shirt up to mop my face, and when I was done, I realized I was alone. Where was everyone else? Was I lost? Was I last?

Meet the Author

Growing up in Utica, N.Y., Debby Waldman loved reading so much that she often fell asleep clutching a book. She wanted to write books when she grew up, but she detoured into journalism school at Syracuse University because journalism seemed a safer bet for earning a living.

Since graduating in 1982, Debby has been a newspaper reporter and a freelance writer. She also earned an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University in 1991, and has taught at Cornell, Ithaca College, St. Lawrence University, and Grant MacEwan College. Her writing has appeared in publications including People, Parents, Glamour, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Publishers Weekly, Chatelaine, the Washington Post, and More Canada. She writes a bi-weekly family column for The Edmonton Journal.

Debby's picturebooks are based on Jewish folk tales. Her first, A Sack Full of Feathers, was short-listed for awards in Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan and was named a 2007 Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children's Book Centre. Her second, Clever Rachel, was published in October of 2009 and was one of Resource Links' "The Year's Best". Cindy Revell illustrated both books. Debby's third picture book, Room Enough for Daisy, written with fellow Edmontonian Rita Feutl, is scheduled for publication in October 2011.

Debby lives in Edmonton with her husband and two children. She is available for readings and to conduct 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.

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