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Changes for Addy: A Winter Story (An American Girl: Addy #6)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,879 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Addy has begun to give up hope of ever having her family together. Then she gets word that baby Esther, Auntie Lula, and Uncle Solomon are on their way to Philadelphia. Addy searches the city for them, but the reunion she dreamed of is mixed with joy and deep sorrow. As Addy prepares for her reading at the Emancipation Celebration, she begins to doubt the words about freed ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by American Girl Publishing Inc
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I really didn’t like the cove of the book because there was only a girl on the cover.The book is all about a little girl is trying to find her aunt and her little sister.Eventually she finds both of them and later on the aunt dies and she stays with her sister and her mom,dad.Two strengths that I have are Sarah wants to be a teacher with Addy and that she finds her aunt and sister.The supporting evidence I have for the strengths are not as much emotion and makes her happy.Two weaknesses I have i ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children, light-hearted readers
I had been wanting to read at least one book from this series for a very long time and I finally got that opportunity. I acquired this book at a flea market about a month ago and decided it was time to finally read it. Porter captures the world of Addy beautifully and the search for her family. It was a very touching story to be reading at this particular juncture where I had been reading all of these serious books about the Holocaust. The book was still sad in places, but overall the book was a ...more
basically the changes happening in addy's life are that a) her best friend sarah's family is really strapped for cash & mrs. moore is making sarah stay home from school to help with the wash (mrs. moore is employed as a washerwoman). sarah is upset about this because she really wants to go to school & eventually be a teacher, & addy is upset because she wants sarah to be a teacher too. plus she misses seeing sarah at school. eventually addy offers to come by after school every day &a ...more
Changes for Addy is the sixth book and final book of the Addy collection. It is a historical fiction book intended for the intermediate age group. This particular book is about Addy and her family receiving a letter that her aunt, uncle, and baby sister are on their way to Philadelphia to freedom. However, Uncle Solomon does not make it, he dies along the way. I rated the book as deserving five stars because based on previously taught knowledge it appears to capture the time period. The book's ...more
Addy's family has been reunited with her brother Sam, but baby Esther is still missing, she wasn't at the plantation, mama and papa have been looking everywhere for Aunt Lulu and Uncle Solomon, writing letters to Freedmen camps and organizations to help reunite families. Addy and Sam begin searching hospitals and wards in Philadelphia when word comes from a camp than Lula and Solomon are headed to Philadelphia with Esther. Changes are everywhere and not all of them are good, Addy's friend Sarah ...more
Addy, an American Girl living in Philadelphia right after the slaves have been freed, is longing for her family to be back together again. Her Auntie Lula, Uncle Solomon, and her sister Esther were the last to leave the plantation and Addy wonders if they will ever make it back. Meanwhile, Addy's friend Sarah and her family are extremely poor and Addy is devastated when she finds out Sarah has to quit school in order to work with her mom doing laundry.
The story is very sad, but sends a good mess
Loved these books as a little girl. One of my favorite American girls.
This book was really sad.Addy's family, Addy's dad, mom, and brother were all looking for Uncle Solomon and Auntie Lula and baby Esther. But one day, Addy was at church and she thought she saw Auntie Lula and Esther coming down some steps. Addy called on the thin figure," Auntie Lula? Is that my Addy? But in the end it was Auntie Lula and baby Esther. Uncle Solomon died in freedom though. But after that Auntie Lula died 2 days before Christmas. Everybody was sad. I started to cry when I read tha ...more
Jennifer Anderson
Amazing books
Callie Stillion
Addy can`t wait to find the rest of her family, and then put it back together again. She checks every hospital, church, and even breaks the rules at a hospital. But when at her church she finds Auntie Lula and her sister Esther, she is so excited. But then she wonders, 'Where is Uncle Solomon? I want to see him!' When Auntie Lula tells her that her uncle died, Addy can`t believe it! Then two days before Christmas, Auntie Lula dies. Addy doesn`t want to say the proclamation. Can she do it? ...more
Kristine Pratt
Not my favorite - there is way too much coincidence here to make the plot work. I liked the reality of Sarah needing to quit school and the reasons why. I like how Addy chooses to help her. It was a very good book on many points, but once again the ending was contrived to give a (reasonably) happy ending to everything. A little too neat.

I'd give this one 3.5 stars.
Sep 19, 2013 Relyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: at least 5
I have been reading this series aloud to my students for years. Not sure why I didn't record these. I just finished reading them to my class again this year. These books are just as popular now as they were five years ago when I started using them for read aloud.

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This is a great series to help boys get over the "girl book" bias.
Kimberly Tardy
In this installment, Addy is reuinted with her baby sister ester after what seemed like an eternity. While the previous reunions with her father and her brother were also emotional, the symbolism of shadows moving forward in a Church is especially powerfull. Her beloved Uncle Solomon has died, but has found peace because of his brief status as a free man.
Addy has found out that her uncle, aunt, and little sister are coming to Pennsylvania and they are so excited! Addy sees her Aunt Lula and her little sister, Esther. Her Uncle Solomon has died and she was sad. Two days before Christmas her Aunt Lula died, but everything was well because her Aunt and Uncle went up to heaven.
And a happy ending for all. Except the two characters who die. But they were old. And they weren't even mentioned in the books in the middle of the series as qualifying as "family". Compared to the Kirsten series, where everyone is threatened with death every.single. book. , escape from slavery seems positively benign!
This book is the perfect ending to the Addy series. Abby really loved these books--the characters, the plot, and the history. She talked about Addy and her family almost every day. A definite favorite around here.
Addy lived during the time of slavery. I wish that there didn't have to be slavery. I don't like how the owners treated the slaves. I was glad that Addy's family was able to get back together.
Excellent end to a great series. My students loved reading about Addy and all her adventures. I highly recommend this series to teach about slavery and the civil war.
Addy is a coloured girl growing up during the civil war. In Changes for Addy, her and her mother try to reunite with their family after fleeing slavery.
Addy still longs to have her family together

She is 9 years old and having her mom and her to Run away from her family
Just because of a war? Oh please!
I just had to finish the series. I wanted to know what happened and if she found her sister. It was such a wonderful ending to the story of Addy.
Christine Marie
Aug 17, 2012 Christine Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: American Girl, 1860's, Civil War, Children's, History fans
Recommended to Christine by: Helene Bedrosian
This book was mainly just a closer story that confirmed the ending and wrapped up all loose ends. A satisfying ending.
 Imani ♥ ☮
In my opinion, this was the best book in the whole series. I guess the author saved the best for last.
Jan 20, 2009 Steph rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loved The American Girls Collection
Recommended to Steph by: my aunt
A childhood favorite; very interesting, but now it's not quite as good as when I was little.
Read this when I was a kid...ooh the memories!
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Connie Rose Porter is an African-American author best known for her books for children and young adults. She was the third youngest of nine children of a family living in a housing project.
She has since taught English and creative writing at Milton Academy, Emerson College, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She was a fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and was a regional winner
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Other Books in the Series

An American Girl: Addy (6 books)
  • Meet Addy: An American Girl (American Girls: Addy, #1)
  • Addy Learns a Lesson: A School Story (An American Girl: Addy #2)
  • Addy's Surprise: A Christmas Story (American Girls: Addy, #3)
  • Happy Birthday, Addy!: A Springtime Story (American Girls: Addy, #4)
  • Addy Saves the Day: A Summer Story (American Girls: Addy, #5)
Meet Addy: An American Girl (American Girls: Addy, #1) Addy: An American Girl (Boxed Set) (American Girls Collection) Addy Learns a Lesson: A School Story (An American Girl: Addy #2) Addy's Surprise: A Christmas Story (American Girls: Addy, #3) Addy Saves the Day: A Summer Story (American Girls: Addy, #5)

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