Book Review: Meet Addy
by Connie Porter
reviewed by Andreanna Wright, age 12
Addy is the first of a six-book series in the American Girl collection.
It tells the story of Addy, a strong, courageous young girl, who lives
on a plantation with her family in the 1860s. Life is hard for Addy and
her family as slaves. Addy finds out the horrible reality of slavery
when she discovers her father and brother, Sam, are being sold.
Determined not to suffer the same fate, Addy and her mother run away to
freedom. Unfortunately, they are forced to leave her baby sister,
Esther, behind with her aunt. During their dangerous journey to
Philadelphia, Addy saves her mother from drowning in a lake. Their
journey is successful; Addy and her mother are able to start a new life
as free people in Philadelphia.
Throughout the book, Addy
encounters moments where there is no hope. But after she reaches
freedom, a glimmer of hope begins to shine in her heart. Since she and
her mother have made it to freedom in Philadelphia, perhaps the rest of
her family will find a way to freedom too.
Meet Addy is a
suspenseful page-turner. I like how the book is set during the Civil War
and shows historical images about slavery. I also enjoyed the strong
relationship between Addy and her mother, who is a great role model for
her. I recommend this book to elementary-age students.