Waiting for normal / Leslie Connor.

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      1st ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Twelve-year-old Addie tries to cope with her mother's erratic behavior and being separated from her beloved stepfather and half-sisters when she and her mother go to live in a small trailer by the railroad tracks on the outskirts of Schenectady, New York.
    • Content Notes:
      Tin box on a tar patch -- Small stuff -- Welcome pie -- According to Webster's -- The over-underpass -- A renovation -- Tryouts and friendships -- Gates and bridges -- TV and toast dinners -- A gift of cream and honey -- A bunch of numbskulls -- A violent storm -- evening interview -- Waiting for Mommers -- Late-night mail -- Another dish of fish-and-chips -- A different sort of Halloween -- A phone call from the mansion -- The new blue car -- All or nothing -- Dwight explaining Hannah -- All about twos and fours -- Bedtime at the inn -- Breakfasts and boxes -- A ton of turkey soup -- From good to bad -- Willing to bloom -- Twists and turns -- The counting-on part -- A frozen good-bye -- An unexpected meeting -- A few gifts before Christmas -- Waiting for normal -- Jingle all the way -- Another thing to borrow -- Loads of snow -- A visit from Grandio -- Valentine hearts -- The goosh in my gut -- Fiesta night -- Making changes -- My fault -- A hero in the fog -- After the fire -- Something familiar -- The going-away note -- Defining normal -- Full of surprises -- All to home.
    • Notes:
      Grades 5 up.
      A Junior Library Guild selection
      Schneider Family Book Award, Middle School, 2009.
    • ISBN:
      0060890894 (reinforced)
      9780060890896 (reinforced)
      0060890886 (trade bdg.)
      9780060890889 (trade bdg.)
    • Accession Number:
      2007006881
    • Accession Number:
      ocn123118132
      123118132
    • Accession Number:
      fay.294819
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      CONNOR, L. Waiting for normal. 1st ed. [s. l.]: Katherine Tegen Books, 2008. ISBN 0060890894. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.294819. Acesso em: 7 jun. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Connor L. Waiting for Normal. 1st ed. Katherine Tegen Books; 2008. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.294819. Accessed June 7, 2020.
    • APA:
      Connor, L. (2008). Waiting for normal (1st ed.). Katherine Tegen Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Connor, Leslie. 2008. Waiting for Normal. 1st ed. Arkansas Teen Book Award Nominee. Katherine Tegen Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.294819.
    • Harvard:
      Connor, L. (2008) Waiting for normal. 1st ed. Katherine Tegen Books (Arkansas teen book award nominee). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.294819 (Accessed: 7 June 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Connor, L 2008, Waiting for normal, 1st ed., Arkansas teen book award nominee, Katherine Tegen Books, viewed 7 June 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Connor, Leslie. Waiting for Normal. 1st ed., Katherine Tegen Books, 2008. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.294819.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Connor, Leslie. Waiting for Normal. 1st ed. Arkansas Teen Book Award Nominee. Katherine Tegen Books, 2008. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.294819.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Connor L. Waiting for normal [Internet]. 1st ed. Katherine Tegen Books; 2008 [cited 2020 Jun 7]. (Arkansas teen book award nominee). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.294819

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2008 April #1

We've seen this situation before: a parent neglects a child, while the child seeks a wider community to find support. Here that child is 12-year-old Addie, who lives with Mommers in a trailer on a busy street in Schenectady after her adored stepfather and half sisters move upstate. Mommers has lost custody of the "littles" because of neglect, and though she and Addie can laugh together, once Mommers hooks up with Pete, she is not much for good times—though she brings the bad times home. Addie finds solace in occasional visits to her sisters and in her neighbors, especially Soula, ill from her chemotherapy treatments. Connor takes a familiar plot and elevates it with smartly written characters and unexpected moments. Addie starts out being a kid who thinks she has to go along to get along, but as Mommers' actions become more egregious, her spine stiffens. And though Addie loves her time upstate, she is willing to forgo it when the normality she has there is more painful than positive. This is a meaningful story that will touch many. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2008 #2

"Me, I'm good at getting used to things -- been doing it all my life." Twelve-year-old Addison lives in a trailer in Schenectady with her mother, never knowing how long -- a few hours, a few days, a week -- her moody, unreliable mom will be gone, off with a new boyfriend. Despite a bevy of concerned individuals (including her former stepfather Dwight; Elliot, the gay owner of the nearby mini-mart; and Elliot's best friend Soula, a cancer patient with a jovial disposition), Addie fends for herself and keeps her mother's absences a secret. Connor convincingly portrays 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 half-sisters occupy with her stepfather. Occasionally the dialogue, especially between Addie and her mini-mart friends, gets folksy and sappy; but overall Addie's commonsense approach to her problems keeps the sentimentality in check. Soula's description of the hibiscus tree in a nearby barbershop window applies to Addie as well: she is "willing to bloom in conditions [she] was never meant to encounter." Copyright 2008 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2008 February #3

Connor (Dead on Town Line ) treats the subject of child neglect with honesty and grace in this poignant story. Addie's stepfather, Dwight, has always been the responsible one in the family. But after he and her mother divorce, and he gets custody of Addie's two younger half-sisters, it's up to Addie, a sixth-grader, to keep order in the tiny trailer that Dwight has found for Addie and her mother. While her mother disappears for days at a time with her new boyfriend, Addie cultivates friendships with people she meets at a neighboring convenience store, but the affection she receives from others doesn't compensate for the absence of love in her home. Addie works hard to fill the void her volatile mother creates, and Addie's attempts to make things "normal" result in some of the most moving scenes: she keeps the cabinets full by putting empty boxes of food on the shelf "for show." In such moments Connor shows both the extent to which Addie has been abandoned and just how resilient and resourceful she is. Characters as persuasively optimistic as Addie are rare, and readers will gravitate to her. Ages 10-up. (Feb.)

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