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

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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 ...
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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.

In 1864, after her father and brother are sold to another owner, nine-year-old Addy Walker and her mother escape from their cruel life as slaves in North Carolina to freedom in Philadelphia.

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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.
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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: 9/28/1993
  • Series: American Girl Collection Series: Addy , #1
  • Pages: 77
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Nvhv

    Addy is a slave who work from morning to night. She lives in a very small cottage that has no windows. Her brother sam, her baby sister esther, her poppa and her momma all live in the cotage. She dreams of being able to read and write. She has to serve master stevens and de worm the plants. She also has to carry the water pails. one night she heard her parents talking about escaping. Then one day she hears master stevens talking about selling her brother and poppa. And he does. She escapes but she takes a person and has to leave one behined after the master made her eat a worm. I think this book was wonderful and is recomended for ages 7+ but im eleven. This book makes me apreciate living in this time era sooooo much more. Thanks for reading my review,

    Ally Kitty

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

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    Escape!

    Vivid and vibrant descriptions of the life of a slave make these stories "real" for the reader; allows the reader to "feel" the emotions of the protagonist, Addy. Beautiful color illustrations with attention to detail and the storyline will attract the young reader's attention. The first book in the Addy series deals with slavery, the second book deals with true friendship and the third one deals with the first Christmas in a new state. Here is an important statement from book number three, "You found out what freedom was about," Reverend Drake said. "It wasn't free!" At the end of each book is a section titled "Looking Back" and it offers a history lesson about the times in which Addy lived, also this section gives some vocabulary that should expand the reader's list of vocabulary words. There are words such as abolitionist, slavery, Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation, and several other words or groups of events that are described. These first three books will leave the reader wanting to read the rest of the series.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2008

    i loved this book

    This book was awesome I really loved it. I really love your books about Addy's family growing up on plantation during the Civil War. Thank you Connie Porter your book really changed the way I think of the civil war!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    I was very dissapointed in this book. I am not about to share wi

    I was very dissapointed in this book. I am not about to share with my five year old daughter, "He was tracked down by Maser Stevens dogs and brought back. He was tied to a tree and beaten with a whip by Master Stevens. When the beatings were over Sam's back was covered with blood." No, that does not make for a great bed time story for my little girl. There is an appropriate time and place for everything and this is an inappropriate place. I wasted money on the first of the series but will throw it away and certainly not get another. I will also share this information with my friends.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2006

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

    I think kids ages 7-11 will enjoy this book very much. This book was about a nine(9) year old girl who is a slave and tries to escape to freedom. This story really helps you understand how slaves were treated in 1864. (great for book discussions)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2006

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

    I would recommend this book to a child ages 8-11. Addy is a nine year old girl who was a slave on a plantation. This is a very fun and interesting story about slavery in 1864.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Dissapointed

    I agree that the story is very well writen, but when i pay more than 5$ for a book i expect the story to be longer than 33 pages (44 if we consider the "looking back") i wouldhae definately given this 5 stars, if it was a combination of both the first and the second book.


    P.s. i do not recomend for anyone under nine years old (i'm 12)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2011

    Loved reading with daughter...great for history!

    Well written and just enought hisoritcal facts for kids to learn without realizing they are even learning. This series lead to many discussions with my daughter and I. My daughter is 8 and truly enjoyed reading this aloud with me. She is now on book 3 in the series and loves it! I do recommend an adult reading with the younger child as the dialect of this time can be hard for the kids to understand. (Nothing against the author...it is the time period)! Thanks for a great book that gave us great mother-daughter time!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2009

    A fast read with important lessons

    If you like history and learning about the time of slavery, then this is a book you will enjoy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

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    I read this as a child

    I read American Girl books as a child and recommend the series to all true American Girls! I learned about American history and could identify with each character's struggles.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2002

    An exciting! book on the life on a slave girl. One of the best!

    The life of Addy a slave girl, running from a plantation was an exciting adventure! How her mother and herself made their lives change dramaticly from slavery. I was really touched when reading this fantastic book. Once you read it you'll be touched too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2002

    Exciting, enchanting, and riveting

    I began reading this series to my 3 year old, and she (and I) can't get enough. The book captures a frightening period of history without watering it down, while keeping it exciting for the reader. I found myself reading ahead after my daughter had gone to bed! A winner for girls of any race.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2001

    Great book

    This is a good book for a younger audience. I read it when i as about 9 and i keep reading it becuase it is the best one in the American girl collection

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    hellokitty

    Cool book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Evie

    This was a very good books i real like storys like this they are so exciting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Great book!!

    Read this book independently and loved it! Decided to do it on a book report. It really helped me learn about that time period in an exciting way. Two thumbs up for me :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    :$

    Love

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Book

    Is this an awesome book?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    LOVE

    I love this book im 11 this book is so good it guves me things to read when im bored but im never bored bescause i cant stop reading it...... i think im going to buy the rest of the books :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    OMG crush help

    I HAVE A CRUSH! Date time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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