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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 96
Themes: Creative problem-solving, math
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/03/2008
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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."

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Silver Birch nominee  | 2009 | Short-listed
Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2008 | Commended

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