Title: Waiting for Normal
Author: Leslie Connor
Recommended for: Grades 4-7
Call Number/Link: J CON
Synopsis: Addie is waiting for normal. But Addie’s mom has an all-or-nothing approach to life: a food fiesta or an empty pantry, jubilation or gloom, her way or no way. All or nothing never adds up to normal. All or nothing can’t bring you all to home, which is exactly where Addie longs to be, with her half sisters, every day. In spite of life’s twists and turns, Addie remains optimistic. Someday, maybe, she’ll find normal. Leslie Connor has created an inspiring novel about one girl’s giant spirit. waiting for normal is a heartwarming gem
Review: Addie is a spunky character that you just have to root for. Her living situation is horrible but she makes the best of it. She longs for “normal” where she has someone to count on, and she knows she can have that with her step-father and half-sisters, yet she realizes that it is out of reach. This book is the perfect combination of sadness and hope it is written so well that you really feel for the character and hope that someday things will change for her. I would recommend for kids (especially girls) who really like a good emotional story, such as Wonder or Out of My Mind.