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Addison Addley and the Things That Aren't There
By author: Melody DeFields McMillan
Selling Points: "Creative problem-solving, math"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2008
Pages: 96
Fiction Ages 8-11
Price:  $7.95
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My name may be smart, but I'm sure not. Not at school stuff, anyway. I could be, my teacher tells me, if I would 'apply' myself. Apply myself to what? It sounds like I need a giant tube of glue.

Addison Addley hates math. He hates public speaking too. Actually, he hates anything that involves work, but he only has a couple of weeks to write and memorize his grade five speech. The problem is, he can’t think of a single topic. When he finally comes up with an excellent idea for a speech, it almost writes itself, but it's his poor math skills that make speech day unforgettable.
Canadian Teacher Magazine - May 1, 2009
"McMillan's story touches on real aspects of grade five, from speech writing to dealing with math fractions, from bullies to stage fright...Readers will enjoy [Addison's] antics and I'm sure that many a student will be able to relate to Addison's take on life."
SouthWest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries (SWON) - December 1, 2008
"Addison is a likable character who manages to be both sweet and maddening at the same time...The author does a good job of twisting things at the end of the story."
CM Magazine - November 7, 2008
"McMillan has aptly drawn on her teaching background to create a believable, imaginative boy who loves fishing and video games but is struggling with school...Her word choice and descriptive language blend to create a pleasurable read-aloud story for the classroom."
Resource Links - June 1, 2008
"An excellent read for young children...Young boys will be able to relate to Addison."


Silver Birch nominee, short-listed  CA  2009
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2008


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