Waiting for Normal

Twelve-year-old Addie Schmeeter’ s life is changing--not for the better. Her ex-step father, Dwight, has done all he can but he’s been forced to leave Addie and her mother (called “Mommers”) off at a trailer on a city corner. Mommers 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. Now Addie is heartbroken to be separated from her younger half sisters but she puts up a brave front. She says, “Me, I’m good at getting used to things. Been doing it all my life.” Addie is resilient but there is no denying that she craves a home where she can count on what’s going to happen next. 

~“A heroine with spunk and spirit offers an inspiring lesson in perseverance and hope. First rate.” ~Kirkus Reviews (starred)

~“Characters as persuasively optimistic as Addie are rare, and readers will gravitate to her. Poignant.” ~Publisher’s Weekly (starred)

~“A story centered around loss, heartbreak, abandonment and new beginnings.” ~School Library Journal (starred)

~ “...persuades that good people and delightful possibilities are all around, even in the most unpromising of circumstances.” ~KLIATT (starred)


HarperCollins, Katherine Tegen Books 2008 Teen (ages 9 and up) ISBN: 0060890886

~ New York Public Library’s “One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing”
~ School Library Journal Best Book
~ ALA Notable Children’s Book
~ ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
~ The Schneider Family Book Award
~ Texas Lone Star Reading List
~ Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice
~ 2009 Connecticut Book Award

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