School Library Journal Best Book * ALA Notable Children’s Book * New York Public Library’s “One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing” * Chicago Public Library Best of the Best * Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice * Connecticut Book Award Winner * American Library Association Schneider Family Book Award Winner
This poignant and joyful novel is filled with meaningful moments and emotional resonance.
Addie is waiting for normal. But Addie's mother has an all-or-nothing approach to life: a food fiesta or an empty pantry, her way or no way.
Addie’s mother is bipolar, and she often neglects Addie. All-or-nothing never adds up to normal, and it can't bring Addie home, where she wants to be with her half-sisters and her stepfather. But Addie never stops hoping that one day, maybe, she'll find normal.
“A heroine with spunk and spirit offers an inspiring lesson in perseverance and hope. First-rate.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Connor (Dead on Town Line) treats the subject of child neglect with honesty and grace in this poignant story. Addie's stepfather, Dwight, has always been the responsible one in the family. But after he and her mother divorce, and he gets custody of Addie's two younger half-sisters, it's up to Addie, a sixth-grader, to keep order in the tiny trailer that Dwight has found for Addie and her mother. While her mother disappears for days at a time with her new boyfriend, Addie cultivates friendships with people she meets at a neighboring convenience store, but the affection she receives from others doesn't compensate for the absence of love in her home. Addie works hard to fill the void her volatile mother creates, and Addie's attempts to make things normal result in some of the most moving scenes: she keeps the cabinets full by putting empty boxes of food on the shelf for show. In such moments Connor shows both the extent to which Addie has been abandoned and just how resilient and resourceful she is. Characters as persuasively optimistic as Addie are rare, and readers will gravitate to her. Ages 10-up.
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Waiting for Normal
I love this book I was sad that it ended I'm so happy my teacher recamended this book to me
Waiting for normal
At first I felt this book was boring but I kept with it. As I went through the book I found I couldn't stop reading. The book is formulated in a way where children and adults can enjoy the story. I overall would recommend this book to ages 12 and up.
Changed my life.
This book has left an everlasting promise to my life, that books can really touch your heart. I have read this book fully three times. It is so good, that I have cried over it every time. By cry, I mean cryyyyyyy. This book hits you right in the feels. This book is perfect for young teens (middle school), but it is a great book for everyone. You will not regret buying this book. Best decision of my life.