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Meet Addy: An American Girl (The American Girls Collection Book 1) Paperback – September 1, 1993

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Addy Walker, the newest character in the American Girls Collection of dolls, accessories and books, stars in these bright historical novels. In the first, the nine-year-old girl, a slave on a North Carolina plantation during the Civil War, overhears her parents whispering about the possibility of running away. But after Addy's father and older brother are sold to another master, mother and daughter make the break alone. In a heart-rending scene, the two leave Addy's young sister, Esther, in the care of fellow slaves and begin their harrowing journey on foot to a "safe house." From there they are transported by abolitionists to a ship that takes them to Philadelphia--and freedom. The second novel, lacking the dramatic tension of its predecessor but equally poignant, recounts Addy's adjustment to living free in an unfamiliar urban environment. Porter's easily flowing narrative follows Addy as she attends school for the first time and learns about the true meaning of friendship. As in the previous American Girls novels, these two neatly balance fiction and fact, the latter quality reinforced by the concise historical notes, entitled "A Peek into the Past," which conclude each volume. Rosales's emotion-charged illustrations effectively convey Addy's affability and pluck. A third installment, Addy's Surprise , is also due in September. Ages 7-up.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-Addy is a nine-year-old slave when the first story opens in 1864. The likable young heroine wakes up to hear her parents discussing whether they should try to escape or wait until the end of the war. Readers follow the girl into the tobacco fields where she worms the plants, feel her heartbreak as she sees her beloved father sold, and steal through the night with her as she and her mother make a run for the North. Their hunger, the loss of her baby sister, insect bites, and the fear of Confederate soldiers all ring true. While most of their hardships are resolved a bit too quickly, youngsters will empathize with and relate to the strong characters. The book ends as mother and daughter make their way to Philadelphia, but there's no indication that the family is reunited. Addy Learns a Lesson is a more self-contained story. Now in Philadelphia, the girl goes to school for the first time and makes a friend. She learns that there are haves and have-nots, the effects of jealousy, and the double-edged sword of freedom. Attractive, subtly shaded, realistic full-color paintings bring characters and scenes to life, dramatically conveying feelings and action. A "Peek into the Past" section of photographs and facts is appended to each title. These series entries will be popular additions to historical fiction collections.
Susannah Price, Boise Public Library, ID
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Pleasant Company; First Edition edition (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562470752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562470753
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I spent my youth in Lackawanna, NY trying to figure out a way to dream my way out of the poverty I grew up in. I've spent a good portion of my adult life dreaming my way back into that life. No matter what characters I have written about from All-Bright Court to the Addy series, I have used the voice I have to give a voice to characters who I feel did not, or would not have had a voice within the circumstances of their worlds.

Quirky Facts About Me:

I'm a science geek.

I listen to old time radio shows.

I love okra.

I survived the Jheri Curl wars.

I've been known to listen to Broadway show tunes--and sing along.

When I was younger I would kiss the cover of books I loved.

If I could have married these men, I would have--Sam Cooke, Groucho Marx, Muhammad Ali.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Hello. Today I am going to tell you about my first book review. The name of this book that I am geting redy to tell you about is called Meet Addy. The aouther of this book is Connie Porter,and if you are wondering how many pages there are then I will tell you. There are 69 pages in this book.The genre of this book is nonfiction because it is a true story.
The setting of this book takes place in1864 on a plantation in the summer. The plot of this story is short. Addy is a young girl who comes from a family of five. She is a slave just like the rest of her family. Her Poppa and her brother Sam got sold to anither plantation.
Three reasons I like this book are that she has a brother just like I do,she has a doll like I do, and it is also a very interesting story. I would recommend this book to third graders and up,that's if you like these kinds of books. It is a very fastinating book but a little sad.
That is my first book review about Meet Addy. P.S. read this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Marren VINE VOICE on March 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Addy is the story of a black girl in 1864, as the Civil War was in its ending stages. My second grade niece, an advanced reader, was immediately engrossed in the story. The subject matter may be a bit over her head, though. I suggested she compare Addy's family with her own, asking "Today, no one owns your family, do they?" The reply I got was "Yes, grandma!" Another reviewer says this is a third to 6th grade book--probably third or fourth grade is about right. Although paper, the quality is high, with nice illustrations. Kudos to American Girl for giving us an excellent alternative to Barbie!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
My sister has the entire AMERICAN GIRLS collection of books, but I never gave much thought about them until recently when I was at home. I'm in an multi-cultural education class and figured it might be beneficial to read at least one of these books in this very popular series.
I chose MEET ADDY and was quite surprised by what I read. The story was engaging, full of vivid imagery, and historically accurate. Addy is a young slave girl living on a plantation near the end of the Civil War. Lincoln has already issued the Emancipation Proclamation, but Addy and her father, mother, brother, and sister are slaves living in the South. Their owner is not a very cruel Master and cares for his slaves much better than many other slave-owners. However, the war is costly and he sells some of his slaves in an effort to raise enough money to keep the plantation open. The two slaves he sells are Addy's father and her brother, Sam. After they are sold together, Addy's mother makes plans for her and Addy to escape before more tragedy strikes their family. They leave Addy's baby sister behind with Auntie Lula and Uncle Solomon, an elderly couple who work in the plantation house, and flee in the night headed towards a safe house where an elderly woman named Miss Caroline lives. Miss Caroline will take them to their freedom.
The last few pages of this book contain some historical information about slavery and what life would have been like for a girl like Addy. The information is interesting and adds a historical context to a very engaging story.
Overall, I found this book to be quite interesting and a very enjoyable and informative read. I highly recommend it to young girls and to boys who don't mind reading about girls.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robin Orlowski on August 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
For the first time in her life, Addy Walker attends school. Her mother (unable to read or write herself)gave her daughter a special dress to wear so she can successfully represent the family's rapidly rising expectations in Philadelphia.

In addition to formal educational instruction, Addy learns that not every person is friendly and bigotry is not confined to white southerners whom she had escaped from in the first book (Meet Addy). For whatever reason, some other African Americans look down upon people trying to escape slavery and obtain their freedom.

A classmate named Harriet openly pretends she is better than other classmates because her family has enjoyed freedom longer. The teacher's quick intervention reminds students in 19th century America that all African Americans are subordinated and freedom depends on each student working together inside their community. In this high pressure environment intra-communty attacks are not appropriate because all African Americans (including the attack initator) will be rendered vulnerable to discrimination.

Thus, Addy practices her lessons by teaching her mother how to read using dough in their boarding house room. Possessing maturity beyond her physical years, Addy understands her mom also needs to read. In addition to increasing her employability this will enable the mother/daughter relationship to remain as the two live and work in Philadelphia. If only Addy knew how to read, the mother would become disproportionately dependent upon her own daughter for basic survival needs.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Plotkin on February 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful story that brings a part of the past back to life. It is told from a view point that is not often heard from, a young black girl who was a slave and has escaped, but doesn't know how to read or write. It also tells a story of the hardship of a black family during this time and the story of friendship that applies to all races. I think the character Addy is one girls will enjoy reading about, I don't think boys will like it very much. The story is told in a way that children can easily read and understand. At the end of the book is a short description with actual pictures of life at that time for a young black girl and what school was like back then for black children.
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