Plot without spoilers...For Addie Carle, seventh grade means her first real boyfriend, DuShawn, and a chance at popularity. Still, on the inside, she's still passionate about her causes--especially tolerance and no-name calling. And she can't quite put the social stuff ahead of her convictions. Will DuShawn and the "cool" crowd become casualties of her outspoken idealism?
Of literary interest...Through a variety of verse forms (some great groupings of haikus), Howe explores the complex, uncertain internal journey of a character who presents an almost larger-than-life certainty to the outside world.
Finally, just gotta say...Addie is the second companion book to Howe's powerful 2003 prose novel, The Misfits. His first follow-up, Totally Joe, is written as an abecedarian journal, beginning with "A is for Addie." I love the way Howe incorporates so many literary forms into his stories of the "Gang of Four" (or five). The shape of each book is as unique as its main character. And all offer wonderful messages both of tolerance and of celebrating your true self.
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