Addison Addley and the Things That Aren't There

  • Pages:96
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Young Readers
  • Themes:creative problem-solving, math, creativity, public speaking, speech contest
  • Available:03/01/2008
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:670L
  • ATOS:4.6
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:O
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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.

"An excellent read for young children...Young boys will be able to relate to Addison."
– Resource Links
"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."
– SouthWest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries (SWON)
"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."
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"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."
– Canadian Teacher Magazine
Forest of Reading Silver Birch Fiction Award   | 2009  |  Nominated
Resource Links, The Year's Best Books   | 2008  |  Commended

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