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Addie on the Inside

By: James Howe

Illustrator: Laura Hanifin

Narrating her life via poems, Addie, an activist, wonders why her classmates can’t accept her staunch belief that everyone deserves respect and compassion.

ISBN: 9781416913849

JLG Release: Aug 2011


Series: The Misfits
Sensitive Areas: Language: Homophobic Slur
Topics: Activism , Dating , Puberty , Poetry , Teasing , Homosexuality , Grandparents , Peer pressure , Cats

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Awards & Honors

SLJ Best Books of 2011, Fiction; 2012 Notable Children's Book in the English Language Arts

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
This companion to The Misfits (2001) and Totally Joe (2005, both S & S) focuses on Addie Carle, an outspoken, intelligent girl who is worried about injustice and “how in the world, the world will ever be okay.” She always speaks her mind, which doesn’t endear her to her fellow classmates a
[STARRED REVIEW]
This companion to The Misfits (2001) and Totally Joe (2005, both S & S) focuses on Addie Carle, an outspoken, intelligent girl who is worried about injustice and “how in the world, the world will ever be okay.” She always speaks her mind, which doesn’t endear her to her fellow classmates and leads to gossip and ridicule. She is an earnest protagonist who doesn’t see any other way to be. But seventh grade is becoming a turning point in her life. Her first boyfriend likes her for who she is but is eventually overwhelmed by her; a childhood friend returns and is now part of the popular group; she realizes that adults also have inner lives and emotions; and she loses a beloved pet. She wonders if she should pay more attention to what she wears or says, but questions whether wearing the “in” shoes would really change anything. Then when Addie participates in the National Day of Silence in support of GLBT teens, she begins to notice the students who are always silent (“while I talk and talk and the loud ones shout and shove”) and is surprised when she discovers that she can be quiet for a change. And she finds support from a surprising source. Howe completely captures what it is like to be a 13-year-old girl—the ups and downs, the emotional tightrope, the push/pull between childhood and growing up, and the power of gossip and school cliques. Addie negotiates the corridors of middle school with thoughtful determination; she’s a young woman with a lot to say. Add this fine novel to the growing list of novels in verse.—Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA

Junior Library Guild

  • Addie is a sympathetic and relatable character who writes in an achingly believable voice about topics ranging from death to injustice to mean girls to dating. “I thought everyone would say, / ‘Look at Addie. She’s with DuShawn.’ / Instead, everyone says, / ‘Look at DuShawn. / What is he doing with h
    • Addie is a sympathetic and relatable character who writes in an achingly believable voice about topics ranging from death to injustice to mean girls to dating. “I thought everyone would say, / ‘Look at Addie. She’s with DuShawn.’ / Instead, everyone says, / ‘Look at DuShawn. / What is he doing with her?’”
    • The strength of Addie’s convictions, her activism, and her willingness to speak out are inspiring. Readers may be moved to reflect on their own beliefs, prejudices, and privileges.
    • A perfect book for poetry units: James Howe’s poems vary in form, rhyme scheme, subject, and length making it clear that poetry is not static.
    • While this novel is a companion to The Misfits and Totally Joe, Addie on the Inside stands on its own. The characters and their relationships are clear and compelling, and require no explanation.

Book Details

ISBN

9781416913849

First Release

August 2011

Genre

Dewey Classification

Fiction

Trim Size

6 1/8" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

Level 5; Points: 3;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.5; Points: 7;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Atheneum

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Homophobic Slur

Topics

Activism, Dating, Puberty, Poetry, Teasing, Homosexuality, Grandparents, Peer pressure, Cats,

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