Waiting for Normal

Waiting for Normal

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School Library Journal Best Book * ALA Notable Children's Book * New York Public Library's "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing" * Chicago Public Library Best of the Best * Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice * Connecticut Book Award Winner * American Library Association Schneider Family Book Award Winner

This poignant and joyful novel is filled with meaningful moments and emotional resonance.

Addie is waiting for normal. But Addie's mother has an all-or-nothing approach to life: a food fiesta or an empty pantry, her way or no way.

Addie's mother is bipolar, and she often neglects Addie. All-or-nothing never adds up to normal, and it can't bring Addie home, where she wants to be with her half-sisters and her stepfather. But Addie never stops hoping that one day, maybe, she'll find normal.

"A heroine with spunk and spirit offers an inspiring lesson in perseverance and hope. First-rate." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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Product details

  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 20.32mm | 204.12g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060890908
  • 9780060890902
  • 192,594

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Addie is waiting for normal. But Addie's mother has an all-or-nothing approach to life: a food fiesta or an empty pantry, her way or no way. All-or-nothing never adds up to normal, and it can't bring Addie all to home, where she wants to be with her half sisters. But Addie never stops hoping that one day, maybe, she'll find normal.
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Review quote

"Connor convincingly portray's Addie's beyond-her-years resourcefulness and the opposing feelings that drive her to protect the life she has while longing to be a permanent part of the 'normal' home her sisters occupy with her stepfather."--The Horn Book
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Rating details

10,051 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 38% (3,792)
4 35% (3,536)
3 20% (2,034)
2 5% (524)
1 2% (165)

Our customer reviews

Addie has never had a normal life. It's an impossible feat when she lives with a woman like her mother, who is either extremely happy or extremely sad. They either have what they need to survive, or they don't. But Addie tries to not let these extremes get to her too much. She still dreams of a place where everything's normal and she has a safe home. Now if only she can hold on to that dream. Connor's wonderfully poignant and eye-opening novel is told with the utmost clarity and sensitivity. Addie's down-to-earth and sensible nature is a beacon to readers, and they will fall in love with her immediately. As this story unfolds, your heart will break for her, but will also rejoice as she finds her niche and a place that she can call home. WAITING FOR NORMAL is a story full of love and hope.show more
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