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The Curse of Addy McMahon by Katie Davis
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Jan 07, 09

Read in January, 2009

NO for black-eyed susan.
NO for our library.

To be fair, I only made it to 10 of the Curse of Addy McMahon.

To be fair, I had promised previously to at least read 100 minus my current age (27) pages of each book in order to give each book a fair shot.

To be fair, there's probably a slew of tween-age girls that will pick up this book, read past page 10, and love it.

But knowing that I'm considering titles for students in grades 4-6. Knowing that we will weed titles down until we have a list of 10 of our strongest titles. Knowing that we need to fight with all our might to include and excite boys with reading by giving them great literature they can get hooked on and not feel silly or embarrassed reading.

...then admitting to ourselves that the first 10 pages of this book are about our main character wallowing in the embarrassment of being seen at the mall shopping with mom in a lingerie store for a training bra...

I just can't see boys getting into this at all. So, sorry Katie Davis. Sorry adoring fans of Addy McMahon. This one just can't make the cut in my book. Every book deserves a chance, but I'm willing to bet you'd be hard-pressed to find a 4th-6th grade boy who would read past page 10.
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message 1: by Dru (new) - rated it 1 star

Dru it actually got worse if you kept reading


Matthew Winner nice.


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