Meet Addy: An American Girl (American Girls: Addy, #1)
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Meet Addy: An American Girl (An American Girl: Addy #1)

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Addy Walker's family is planning a dangerous escape
from slavery in the summer of 1864. But before they can make the escape, the worst happens--Master Stevens decides to sell some of his slaves, including Poppa and Addy's brother, Sam. Addy and Momma take the terrible risk of escaping by themselves, hoping that the family eventually will be together again in Philadelphia. S...more
Paperback, 69 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by American Girl Publishing Inc
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Ages 8-12

I had very low expectations for this series based book. Generally branded or series characters are shallow and the plots unimaginative. However, this is not the case with Addy. I found Addy to be a very rich character and the plot, while not awe-inducing, was suspenseful, adventurous and creative. I felt really close to the courageous and bright Addy Walker as she and her mother leave the plantation in search of her father and brother, who had been sol...more
holy shit. this book was so much more intense than i expected it to be. i thought i had read it like ten years ago, when i decided to read a bunch of the american girl books i missed when i was a kid, but i guess i hadn't because i am pretty sure i would have remembered this!

addy was the fifth addition to the american girl historical characters, & the first girl of color. growing up during the civil war, she & her family are slaves on a north carolina plantation. the book opens with addy...more
This book was one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I loved the American Girl series, but none of the books grabbed me as much as Addy. Her story was so heartbreaking and beautiful. I can't remember every bit of the story, but what really stood out to me was one line. One line that I can quote word for word, even years later, because it was so meaningful. One that I think gives this book the right to five stars. The line came from somewhere in the first couple of chapters, right afte...more
Mitzi Moore
I read this to my daughter when she was little, and today I read it to my niece, who "hates to read." By the end of the series, I hope to change her mind. I started with this one because I knew it would elicit lots of emotion.
Amanda Caldwell
I probably don't have to describe Addy's story, as she is a classic American Girl, but I will go ahead and talk about her amazing story for any newcomers to AG. So, Addy is a slave living on a plantation in North Carolina. Her master sells her father and brother to another plantation, right before the whole family is supposed to escape to freedom. Addy and her Momma bravely decide to continue their escape into freedom without the men in the family and also sadly, heart-breakingly must decide to...more
L-Crystal Wlodek
This series chapter book is intended for girls who are 9-12 years old. This book is the first book in the Addy American Girl series and introduces the subjects of slavery, the underground railroad, and the Civil War. Addy, a nine-year-old girl and slave on a North Carolina plantation hears her parents who are also slaves talking about possibly running away in order to gain freedom. That possibility becomes reality after Addy's father and older brother are sold to another master. It is then that...more
Apr 30, 2012 Traci rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Traci by: Mandi
This was really more brutal than I remember it being.
Meet Addy is a good book to introduce young children to the subject of the history of slavery in the United States. It describes the lives of the slaves and the terrible physical and emotional treatment that these people were placed under. I believe it paints a fairly realistic experience of a child during that time. I have not read the last of the Meet Addy book so imagine that the story will continue which would be very helpful. When I reached the end I was surprised that it ended at the first...more
Summary: In this book we meet Addy, a very young girl who was born into slavery and spends the first few years of her life as a slave. Her family lives in a shack on the plantation and when her father and brother was sold to a different plantation, Addy and her mom take the opportunity to escape. This book is just the beginning of Addy's journey to freedom. We follow Addy and her mom as they show their courage and determination to live a better life.

Age Range: This book is for pre-teen girls in...more
"Finding the Christmas Spirit"

Ten-year-old Addy is the African-American protagonist of this American Girl series, living with her mother in 1864 Philadelphia--a city whose Quakers were known to actively help escaped slaves, like Addy and her mother, reach safety via the Underground Railroad. As a result of their escape from a slave owner Addy's family has been separated, which increases their personal heartache as they struggle to make ends meet in a strange, northern city. Addy and her friend...more
Patricia Holland
Response: This book was a very quick read (about half an hour) and I thought that is was great. It is a simple book for younger readers, but it I felt like it completely encompassed the brutality of being a slave and the fear of running to freedom. This book also taught great morals about loving the people who seem to hate you. Her mother told her that she never wanted Addy’s heart to be full of hate because that is how you end up being mean like their owner. There are several books in this seri...more
L- Lisa
Addy is the first book in this American Girl Series. The first scene of the story set in 1864 introduces the reader to the main character, Addy who is a nine year old slave. As Addy lays in her corn husk bed she listens to her parents discuss whether they should try to escape or wait until the end of the Civil War. Addy’s father and brother are sold by their owner leaving Addy and her mother to act on the escape plan together. The author gives the young reader vivid description of the slave work...more
Samantha Bartley
I read this book when I was younger, but I just recently picked it up to read again. The Addy series is probably one of my favorites of the American Girl books. This book introduces Addy Walker's family, and her situation living on a plantation as a slave. After Addy's father and brother Sam are sold to another slave master, Addy and her Mama decide to try to run to freedom. This is the beginning of their journey.

One of the reasons I love the American Girl books, is because they are short, yet v...more
Aug 31, 2011 LaShae added it
Meet Addy was about how her family tried to run away from slavery. The master sold three slaves. The slaves that he sold was all in his family. Poppa, Addy, Sam was sold. Her mother was very scared that they was not going to be a family anymore. In chapter two it was very sad. The reason it was sad is because Addy was getting whipped by the master. Addy did not want to leave her parents or family members. To me,it was like they was makeing her do things that she did not want to do. That was real...more
Linsay Piersawl
Connie Porter and the team of illustrators do a fine job with these series. Along with the many other American Girl series, Meet Addy is a well written and age appropriate introduction into history. Although this book and other series like it may not be completely appropriate for early or young readers that go crazy for the dolls. It is a great read for 3RD grade and up. I think I enjoyed it just as much as I did when I completed the series as a young girl. Porter tells the story of Addy who is...more
Tonya Branch
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This series is about a youg girl named Addy. Addy is an African American girl who is being brought up in a time where Blacks did not have any rights. She and her mother hear that if they go up North, times will get better for them. So, they do just that, they run to Philadelphia for a better chance at life. Addy's mom takes a jov cleaning for a white family. This series is really about her struggles being African American in a time where color meant everything. There are not many i...more
Excellent way to teach history... Through the eyes of a child. Very realistic. I thought it raised some thought provoking questions. It certainly has encouraged students at my school to continue reading the series and to read other 'American Girl' titles.
Kristyn-Kileigh Comston
Meet Addy is a book that my kids just couldn't get enough of. They listened attentively to the entire story in just one day. The details of Addy's plight seemed a bit too deep for them to grasp, but then again, they are only 5. They did, however, understand the basics, were held by the suspense and received an introduction into a crucial (if ugly) part of American history. I may put the remaining Addy books on hold until they are a bit older, and can comprehend just what the terms slavery and fr...more
Jan 26, 2012 Relyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: teacher in Nixa
I was told that this was a perfect read aloud for second graders. That this book was exciting and compelling and loved by both boys and girls. So, I gave it a try and started my school year with Meet Addy. On Monday we begin the 5th Addy book with every student in my class - boys and girls - always voting to read the next one. It takes about a week to read one of these books and they are always fast-paced and compelling. Connie Rose Porter also makes history accessible by choosing to focus on ev...more
I think this was an important series for American Girl, but also the least original. You learn about the Civil War and Black History Month and the Underground Railroad in school--there's not much of a new perspective here. It might be more important to have a black American Girl in 1964 rather than 1864--oftentimes history classes don't get to the Civil Rights Movement until high school. It also might be important to show blacks at other times in history that aren't so pivotal to their status in...more
3rd-5th grade

Porter takes you back in time with meet Addy. Her books on the outside appear very plain with a simple portrait of each of the main characters. The illustrations inside are colored pencil and watercolors every few pages on the character doing the actions read in the story. The book is about 50 pages long and broken in a few page chapters. They tell the story of Addy a servant girl. The reading is made to dilect the time that addison lived in and not present time. Children can relate...more
This book is realy good if you read this book you whould love to read it over and over agian it's the best bbook you will ever read if youv'e all ready read this book comment it beause i whould love to read what you wrote.

[THE CHARTERS:] are Addy,Sam,Momma,Ether,Poppa,grandmother,grandfather.

[SETTING:] the setting was that Addy was going to go tell poppa and sam the brother that the man that was going to them was going to sell them but she didn't want them to be sold beause they were going to go...more
This review is from the perspective of a mother - Addy Walker's story is both heart-rending and grittily realistic. First, we see a child's view of slavery. While I'm sure this is watered down a bit for the childish audience, I think it was well-handled to generate good conversations. Then, we live through the nerve-wracking trip on the Underground Railroad, where there is a good balance between adventure and realism.

Addy is resourceful and brave, without being prone to dramatics, but still com...more
David J
This is a book set in the summer during the Civil War about an enslaved African American family whose hunger for freedom bleeds from every corner of this book. From the first page, the writer sends us into little Addy's world as a young slave. Readers are pulled in to every feeling from the simmering whispers of a plot to freedom secretly unraveling before the late night fire, to the stinging slaps across the face left by the far reaching saplings along the thicketed road to freedom.

Meet Addy...more
Chantee Jordan
Addy, my favorite American Girl. Addy is a slave in 1864 whose parents have been plotting to escape their plantation. Addy endures lots of troubling situations that will have a reader at the edge of their seat. Due to the nature of the book I would recommend this third and fourth graders, possibly fifth graders due to the content. Throughout the book there are references to things slaves often had to deal with or possessed during this time. What I appreciate most is that the eight or nine pages...more
Addy Walker is a nine year old girl living in 1964 in the south during the Civil War, Addy her mother, father older brother Sam and baby sister Esther are all slaves and they belong to Master Walker. Addy must work in the fields all day long in the hot sun, picking bugs off of the tobacco plants with her family, until one day Master Stevens sells her father and brother and then Mama makes a decision, she and Addy will escape to freedom alone, leaving baby Esther with Uncle Solomon and Auntie Lul...more
Amy Mccoy
I love all of the AG books and I love that I get to read them with my girls now.
Picking one book to write about on this shelf was very difficult for me but I decided to go with this one. Meet Addy takes place during a very said time in US history. Addy and her family were slaves and decided to make their freedom happen. This heart-renching story is written in a kid friendly way but provokes just as much emotion any adult novel could. As a little girl a read with this book with my mother in our living room. It opened my eyes to much different time and how people who looked l...more
Loved these books as a little girl. One of my favorite American girls.
Excellent read. My children really enjoyed it.
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History 6 25 Jun 20, 2013 11:34AM  
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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...more
More about Connie Rose Porter...
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) Happy Birthday, Addy!: A Springtime Story (American Girls: Addy, #4)

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