Abby,

Abby,

by Lisa A. McCombs

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Overview

Written by the teacher; edited by her students, Abby, is the Hallmark greeting card of young adult fiction.
Have you ever been the "new kid"? Five times in seven years? Relating to her diary as her only friend, Abigail Van Buren Masterson finally gets the opportunity to be part of a stable life, complete with grandparents and a neighborhood who knows her. Even if this unexpected gift includes being the target of the school bully, Head Cheerleader Sheila, and surrounded by community members with unpronounceable surnames, Abigail can finally experience a "normal" life. Or at least as normal as life gets when adjusting to her mother's diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
As a veteran eighth grade language arts teacher and book junky, as well as a newly diagnosed MS patient, the creation of Abby served not only a writing dream-come-true but allowed a teachable moment with the inclusion of my students as editors and advisors in the process. I believe that junior high school is the most pivotal period in our lives; that decades or centuries do not change the largess of adolescent drama. All children long for innocence, even while fighting to be recognized as adults. A 2012 Reader's Favorite Finalist and 2013 Reader's Favorite Honor book in YA fiction, Abby is a coming of age tale that touches on the insecurities of adolescence and the emergence of adulthood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493780952
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Lisa is a veteran teacher, seasoned reader, amateur crocheter, aspiring author, loving mother, and doting cat owner.
She lives in West Virginia in her stone cottage with her husband and son.

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Abby, 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
"Abby" by Lisa A. McCombs is a delightful read that is appropriate for teenage girls as well as well as adults. The reader is taken on a journey through the school year by seventh grader Abigail Van Buren Masterdon. Abby, her mother, and little brother Joey have come home to Monongah Virginia. Abby¿s father died when she was young, her mother has done her best considering she is a single parent. They had to move around a lot. In Monongah everyone seems to know them or at least her mother. While working on an English assignment to research a newspaper story, Abby just happens to come across ¿Dear Abby.¿ She writes in her journal to Abigail Van Buren almost daily, Abby is finding out more and more things about where they are living. This is where her mother is from as she discovers aunts, uncles, cousins and most of all grandparents, but what is most devastating is that she learns her mother has MS. From her mother¿s heath and school work to boyfriends and cheerleader bullies the reader lives an interesting and often trying year with Abby. This is a very interesting story, even though it is written as the daily journal of a twelve year old seventh grader. As you read it you would think that you are reading a true account although the book is fictional. The book shows how a twelve year old girl comes to terms with health issues and is grown up enough to help her mother and how writing to Dear Abby in her journal helps her overcome a problem with bullies instead of fighting them. I think all girls from twelve years old and up should read this book. It shows how they can overcome in the face of adversity.
Appalachian_Butterfly More than 1 year ago
This is very enjoyable with a lot of thoughtful reflection within the main character, Abby. The story is told entirely in a letter format so the reader gets to connect closely with Abby's thoughts. Middle school is a tough time for kids and this book gives the reader the "inside" story from a girl dealing with her mother's illness, family issues, a first boyfriend, and the unavoidable "mean girl" cheerleader. A good story that is well worth the read!