Meet Addy: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Addy #1)
  • Meet Addy: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Addy #1)
  • Meet Addy: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Addy #1)

Meet Addy: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Addy #1)

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by Connie Rose Porter, Luann Roberts, Renee Graef, Melodye Rosales
     
 

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Addy Walker's family is planning a dangerous escape from slavery in the summer of 1864. But before they can make the escape, the worst happens--Master Stevens decides to sell some of his slaves, including Poppa and Addy's brother, Sam. Addy and Momma take the terrible risk of escaping by themselves, hoping that the family eventually will be together again in… See more details below

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Addy Walker's family is planning a dangerous escape from slavery in the summer of 1864. But before they can make the escape, the worst happens--Master Stevens decides to sell some of his slaves, including Poppa and Addy's brother, Sam. Addy and Momma take the terrible risk of escaping by themselves, hoping that the family eventually will be together again in Philadelphia. Set during America's own struggle over slavery, the Civil War, Addy's story is one of great courage and love--love of family and love of freedom.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Addy Walker, the newest character in the American Girls Collection of dolls, accessories and books, stars in these bright historical novels. In the first, the nine-year-old girl, a slave on a North Carolina plantation during the Civil War, overhears her parents whispering about the possibility of running away. But after Addy's father and older brother are sold to another master, mother and daughter make the break alone. In a heart-rending scene, the two leave Addy's young sister, Esther, in the care of fellow slaves and begin their harrowing journey on foot to a ``safe house.'' From there they are transported by abolitionists to a ship that takes them to Philadelphia--and freedom. The second novel, lacking the dramatic tension of its predecessor but equally poignant, recounts Addy's adjustment to living free in an unfamiliar urban environment. Porter's easily flowing narrative follows Addy as she attends school for the first time and learns about the true meaning of friendship. As in the previous American Girls novels, these two neatly balance fiction and fact, the latter quality reinforced by the concise historical notes, entitled ``A Peek into the Past,'' which conclude each volume. Rosales's emotion-charged illustrations effectively convey Addy's affability and pluck. A third installment, Addy's Surprise , is also due in September. Ages 7-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Pleasant Company launches their strongest female protagonist yet in Meet Addy, a book for emerging readers. The author brings the 1864 slave world of Addy vividly alive with great writing, strong situations and the feelings of a loving family torn apart by slavery's bonds. Addy is caring, resourceful, and her love of and belief in family supports her through all trials. You may find that when your children finish this book they will look around hungrily for a sequel.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Addy is a nine-year-old slave when the first story opens in 1864. The likable young heroine wakes up to hear her parents discussing whether they should try to escape or wait until the end of the war. Readers follow the girl into the tobacco fields where she worms the plants, feel her heartbreak as she sees her beloved father sold, and steal through the night with her as she and her mother make a run for the North. Their hunger, the loss of her baby sister, insect bites, and the fear of Confederate soldiers all ring true. While most of their hardships are resolved a bit too quickly, youngsters will empathize with and relate to the strong characters. The book ends as mother and daughter make their way to Philadelphia, but there's no indication that the family is reunited. Addy Learns a Lesson is a more self-contained story. Now in Philadelphia, the girl goes to school for the first time and makes a friend. She learns that there are haves and have-nots, the effects of jealousy, and the double-edged sword of freedom. Attractive, subtly shaded, realistic full-color paintings bring characters and scenes to life, dramatically conveying feelings and action. A ``Peek into the Past'' section of photographs and facts is appended to each title. These series entries will be popular additions to historical fiction collections.-Susannah Price, Boise Public Library, ID

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781562470753
Publisher:
American Girl Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Series:
American Girl Collection Series: Addy, #1
Pages:
77
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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