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“It was very good”Libby wrote this review Friday, October 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another great book for the series.”Shannon1778 wrote this review Wednesday, February 9, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Now that Addy has claimed her freedom, she thought that thing would be better in the north. Many things are better like living with her parents in a nice boarding house and making friends, but many things are the same like the prejudice she has had to face from mean white people who treat her and family like second class citizens.
Though faith and love from the new people in her life like Sarah and M'dear and her parents. Addy is able to find hope for the future. She is able to find the perfect day to claim for her birthday the end of the civil war.
This is an excellent book for girls to read to understand the struggles of the past for blacks in American. In addition it shows them that following your heart and doing what is best in a true reward of the spirit!
I look forward to my book club discussion on this topic!”
“it was a very special day for Addy to pick her birthday and it was a very special surprise! and they got the medicine for m'dear in time for her ”Ella B wrote this review Tuesday, November 2, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“American Girl. Self-explanatory.”LookingForStars wrote this review Tuesday, October 26, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“American girl books help tween girls overcome life situations and are very interesting to read and I absolutely recommend them. ”Maizie C wrote this review Monday, August 9, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great, i love all of Addy's Books :)”Owlfeathers of Narnia <3 wrote this review Wednesday, June 30, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“addy picks her birthday and the civil war ends!”Sunny wrote this review Thursday, May 20, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A young African-American girl who is separated from family members by slavery and the Civil War is encouraged by a new friend to claim a birthday and to confront the prejudices she is experiencing. Simultaneous.
“This story is centered around the types of discrimination that black people like Addy ran into in Philadelphia (and other places), including not being allowed to shop or eat in certain stores and having to ride on the outside of the horse-drawn trolly carts.
Her father, because he is black, is turned away from numerous carpentry jobs and ends up driving an ice wagon. (It was a time when people didn't have electrical refrigerators so chunks of ice were used to keep things cold.)
Addy says that this is all unfair, that this isn't what freedom is supposed to be about and the adults agree with her but basically say there's not much anyone can do about it.
The second theme of the book concerns a blind woman that Addy meets and who teaches Addy a lot of stuff about "seeing" without the use of eyes which, in Addy's case, even helps her learn to jump rope doing double dutch.
A very good story on both counts.