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The Second Life of Abigail Walker

By: Frances O'Roark Dowell

Sick of being teased for being a bit chubby, Abby speaks out—and becomes officially unpopular. But then, by a stream behind an abandoned lot, she meets Anders.

ISBN: 9781442405936

JLG Release: Jan 2013


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Self-confidence , Friendship , Overweight persons , Human-animal relationships

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Awards & Honors

Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books of 2012, Fiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Abby Walker just wants to be like everyone else, until the day that she decides it’s OK to be herself. The sixth grader is on the heavy side and has her own ideas. But she has desperately wanted to be friends with the popular girls, who quickly reject and bully her when she stands up for herself. Once she leaves them behind, Abby realizes tha Abby Walker just wants to be like everyone else, until the day that she decides it’s OK to be herself. The sixth grader is on the heavy side and has her own ideas. But she has desperately wanted to be friends with the popular girls, who quickly reject and bully her when she stands up for herself. Once she leaves them behind, Abby realizes that there is another world to discover. She doesn’t gain superhuman strength or experience a huge boost in confidence; she simply becomes free from the shackles of trying to please everyone at school. Abby is befriended by two nerdy boys and becomes friends with a boy whose father is recovering from PTSD after returning from Iraq. This latter relationship also helps her to put things into perspective and to overcome the challenges she faces. Juxtaposed with her story is a surreal tale about an anthropomorphic fox that wants to help Abby. Every few chapters are devoted to the animal even as the two story lines intertwine. This novel about a character finding her place even if it isn’t what she imagined for herself is a great addition to collections on character building.—Kerry Roeder, The Brearley School, New York City

Book Details

ISBN

9781442405936

First Release

January 2013

Genre

Fiction

Dewey Classification

Fic

Trim Size

5" x 7 1/2"

Page Count

240

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.7; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.5; Points: 10;

Lexile

Level 740L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Atheneum

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Self-confidence, Friendship, Overweight persons, Human-animal relationships,

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