Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
Addie's life is just not right. She lives with her mom in a tiny trailer by the railroad tracks while her beloved stepfather and half sisters are living several hours away. Her mom isn't physically abusive, but she frequently leaves Addie alone in the trailer for longer and longer periods of time. Addie makes friends with Elliott and Sula who work at a nearby gas station and they become important to her and they are there when her mother is not. Addie just wants a "normal" life but doesn't see a way to change the way things are. This is a gentle book with a character with whom you can empathize. It has some sadness, but ultimately is hopeful and heartwarming. A good choice for 4th-6th graders.