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American Girls Collection: Changes for Addy

by Connie Porter
The long struggle to reunite Addy's family after the Civil War finally ends, but her joy is mixed with sorrow. 56 pages, Ages 7-11

Item Number: 428
Category:Shorter Fiction in Contracted Braille (in EBAE)

Price: $9.00
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Reviews for American Girls Collection: Changes for Addy
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5Breaking the original overemphasis on the experiences of white girls, the Addy series remains one of the most realistic ones written. The process of escaping from Slavery and starting over in a "free" society only to discover that society does not actually regard you as an equal. It is not the happiest topic in the world, but it needs to be told in order to learn from our mistakes. The authors could have sugar coated the harsh realities of that world, but wisely chose to tell the whole truth to their elementary age target audience. In this installment, Addy is reunited with her baby sister, Ester, after what seemed like an eternity. While the previous reunions with her father and her brother were also emotional, the symbolism of shadows moving forward in a Church is especially power full. Her beloved Uncle Solomon has died, but had found peace because of his brief status as a free man. The end of the book, which provides a historical recap is especially touching, because it goes all the way into the civil rights movement of the 1950's and 1960's.
2011-07-22

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