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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
Paperback, 69 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by American Girl Publishing Inc
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Dec 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Nov 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An engaging and realistic look at a

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
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read these all as a kid but reading it as an adult I was so struck by how well this walks the tightrope of depicting the horrors of slavery without being too graphic for children.

Also I cried like 3 times at it.

Anyway here's a podcast about it
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series when I was a kid but Addy came out after I was into them. Still loved it as an adult. Very honest about the harsh unfairness, but great explanation and message.
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
Goldilocks Reads (Jenna Vahue)
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Addy Walker is the sweetest little girl and officially my new favorite American Girl doll in the collection. I don't think Valerie Tripp's writing is a good influence to young girls but I did like Janet Shaw's characterization of the Swedish immigant Kirsten. Connie Porter's new story of Addy and her family was so special. Each doll is set in a different time period during historic events, like the Great Depression or WWI. Addy and her family are living in the midst of the Civil War and live as ...more
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was a kid and reread it again this week. I purchased the book at a used book sale at my local library. I'm so glad to have these books again and hope my kids will enjoy them like I did!
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ahhh! I remember these books! I loved allll the books in this series when I was like 9 years old!
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review by my 8 year old:
I liked the book Meet Addy. I liked that the character Addy had lots of hope even through hard times.
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Traci by: Mandi
This was really more brutal than I remember it being.
RLL 22016 Shaquetta
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
An American Girl is a series of books about a young girl named Addy. In this book, Addy lives with her family on a plantation where they are slaves. The mother and father are planning to run away but before they can the father and older brother are sold to a different family. The mother and Addy still decide to run away but they have to leave the baby sister there. Addy and her mom travel through the town trying to make it to freedom. They run across a raging river and the mom almost drowns but ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I first read these books in the 90s when American Girl (then known as Pleasant Company) released the Addy doll. It's been years since I retread them, so didn't remember much when I picked them up this time around to read out loud to my girls. I totally forgot that Addy's father and brother were sold until I was in the middle of the story with my girls. The thing I have loved about reading this series out loud to my Costa Rican born children is that it's not only helping grow their English vocabu ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kind of randomly decided to reread some American Girl books. I never know how I'm going to feel about a book I read when I was young; will it still have the same magic it did that drew young me in? This one did! And I think I'll find that's the case with most of the American girl stories. This was very well-written and not too sugar coated, in my opinion. It is obviously sugar coated for young readers but Addy and her family still experience hardships and trials.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
Addy's story was one of the hardest to read as a child, but definitely, I believe, the most important one. She is indescribably brave and strong, without ever letting go of her dreams and excitement. What a role model!!

(Also, was I low-key in love with Addy? 100% yes, but I stand by my unbiased opinion.)
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recently found all of my old American Girl books in the bottom of an old trunk and have been doing some nostalgic reading this afternoon. I loved all these books when I was younger.
Such a good read. Wonderfully told story, likable characters, and the slavery issue was handled with truth and gentleness toward the child reader.
Rachael King
It was very interesting. I liked the fact that it told me about the history of Addy's time in life.
Kelsey Sherron
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It made me sad to think that a lot of people were once owned by a horrible person who didn't treat them nicely.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jessica by: goodreads
I think this is the best American Girl series I've read so far. It is really interesting to read a book written from the point of view of a run-away slave.
Felisha mccray
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is grate
Patsy Froneberger
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Addy had no other choice but to face the situation head on. Her family had planned to escape the cruelty of slavery. I can only imagine the difficulties her family endured. It was apparently fairly easy for Addy to participate in the dangerous escape. She probably saw this as as move toward a better life.
Alicia Pepper
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: el230
This book has many applications in the classroom - it is rich with history and character development, while still managing to be engaging and exciting. The main character has a strong personality that develops throughout the course of the story. The historical context of being set in the 1860s is great for information on the Civil War, and it is delivered from the point of view of a young slave, which enables children to put themselves inside of the story and really drive it home. Great book for ...more
Sarah Crawford
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first of six books in the American Girl series on Addy, a young black slave girl in the year 1864.

The main people in Addy's family are her father, her mother, Sam, her brother, and Esther, her baby sister. They work on a slave plantation owned by Master Stevens. Her brother had tried to escape the year before but was tracked down by dogs, tied to a tree and then was whipped by Master Stevens.

Plans are laid for their escape north along the Underground Railroad, but before that can hap
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
In This book, Addy, Her Poppa & Momma, Brother Sam, and Baby Sister Esther are all slaves on a plantation during the Civil War. Addy's poppa wants to escape very soon, but her momma wants to stay a little bit longer thinking that the war would soon be over and they could leave safely. However when the plantation owner decides he doesn't have enough money to feed and clothe all his slaves for the winter, he decides to sell Poppa and Sam. Momma and Addy are heartbroken. Momma decides that they ...more
Kate Hansen
I think that Meet Addy was a wonderful book, it has a great story line and is just wonderful.
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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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