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Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
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Oct 31, 11

Read in October, 2011

Addie and her mother move to a little trailer on a busy city corner. The mother apparently has bi-polar disorder and often leaves Addie alone for days on end.

Addie is unaware of how great a kid she is and that things are not her fault. She just tries to do her best. I was sad when she replaced the macaroni and cheese with thumb tacks, so that if grandpa came by and looked in her cupboards, it would look like whe had some food. In a way, she enables her mother, but she is only 11. She befriends a couple of workers across the parking lot at a mini-mart and they become her surrogate parents.

Because of Addie's humour and her view of her situation you just know she'll overcome any obstacle. And her ex-step-father Dwight is so wonderful that you know he's going to do anything and everything to take care of Addie as much as he can. The ending was handled with compassion and it was an extremely satisfying book. Not for 8 year olds though. I would say 10 and above.
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