Addie On The Inside (Hardcover)
|Author: James Howe|
|Outspoken thirteen-year-old Addie Carle learns about love, loss, and staying true to herself as she navigates seventh grade, enjoys a visit from her grandmother, fights with her boyfriend, and endures gossip and meanness from her former best friend.|
From the Publisher:
The Gang of Five is back in this third story from Paintbrush Falls. Addie Carle, the only girl in the group of friends is outspoken, opinionated, and sometimes…just a bit obnoxious.
But as seventh grade progresses, Addie’s not so sure anymore about who she is. It seems her tough exterior is just a little too tough and that doesn’t help her deal with the turmoil she feels on the inside as she faces the pains of growing up.
Told in elegant, accessible verse, ADDIE ON THE INSIDE gives readers a look at a strong, smart, and sensitive girl struggling with the box society wants to put her in. Addie confronts experiences many readers will relate to: the loss of a beloved pet, first heartbreak, teasing…but also, friendship, love, and a growing confidence in one’s self.
You Are Who They Say You Are
They say in the seventh grade
you are who they say you are,
but how can that be true?
How can I be a /Godzilla-girl /lezzie loser /know-it-all/
big-mouth /beanpole /string bean/ freaky tall/
fall-down /spaz attack /brainiac /maniac/
hopeless nerd /*bad word*/brown-nosing /teacher’s pet/
showing off /just to get
and did I mention:
How can I be all that?
It’s too many things to be.
How can I be all that and
still be true to the real me
while everyone is saying:
Learning to be true to herself and ride the intense ups and downs of being a teenager are big challenges for Addie Carle. Being tall, outspoken, and not yet developed, Addie is forced to hear all sorts of criticism about her mind and body from her seventh grade peers. But she cares deeply about the world, and longs to help others. Navigating a first boyfriend, channeling her desires to do good, and facing the popularity pyramid create a thought-provoking atmosphere in this coming-of-age middle grade novel written in verse. This is the third book in the Misfits collection by James Howe, who is also the author of the middle grade classic BUNNICULA.