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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 96
Themes: Optical illusions, change, creativity
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Oct/2009
Lexile Level: 690L
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Addison's mother wants to sell their comfortable old house and move into a townhouse in a new development across town#&8212;a shoe box near a shoe factory, Addison calls it. As usual, Addison's brain goes into overdrive as he tries to solve two problems: first he must get his mother to see their old house in a new light, and then he must figure out who is responsible for a rash of neighborhood break-ins that make his mother feel unsafe. With the help of his friend Sam, he puts his own unique spin on optical illusions (and home decor) and ends up surprising everyone, even himself.

Booklist Online
"Addison is a well-meaning, lively character whose entertaining narrative is told in short, suspenseful chapters that keep the story moving. Readers will also enjoy the fun activities, with the scientific explanations behind optical illusions and magic tricks accessibly conveyed."
CM Magazine
"Once again McMillan's teaching background has facilitated her talent of blending a fascinating variety of scientific principles with an exciting plot and engaging characters…Similar to the character Greg Heffley from Jeff Kinney's "Wimpy Kid" series, likeable and identifiable hero Addison seems to have it all figured out; he just needs to get everyone else to see things his way…Highly Recommended."
Library Media Connection
"Readers will enjoy Addison's adventures and have fun trying to solve the mystery. Recommended."
BookLinx
"Addison has a wonderfully humorous voice...Very entertaining and written in an empathetic way."

Awards

CCBC Best Books  | 2011 | Commended

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