Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Absolutely Almost, by Lisa Graff

Absolutely almostSummary:  Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.

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2 thoughts on “Absolutely Almost, by Lisa Graff

  1. This book is about a boy, Albie, who’s going into fifth grade at a new school. He also doesn’t get to see his best friend Erlan much anymore because Erlan and his family are going to have a reality TV show made about them. And on top of going to a new school and not seeing his best friend as much as he used to, Albie makes an enemy of the school bully, Darren, after he befriends a girl named Betsy who Darren brands “not cool” because of her stutter.
    The best part of this book was definitely the characters. Everyone was believable, especially Albie’s babysitter, Calista. I felt for the characters when something bad happened, even the minor ones.
    I also thought the plot was well done. It was a realistic example of what happens when you suddenly have an opportunity to become one of the “cool kids” (in this case, via Darren when he finds out Albie is best friends with a reality TV star) and then are dumped just as fast by your newfound “friends.”
    I liked this book and think it may have a shot at winning the Mock Newbery.

  2. I completely agree with Olivia. This book mainly focuses on what it really means to be cool and that you have to be yourself, no matter what. The characters were the more believeable part in the book, in my opinion. I could connect with almost all of them, especially Albie, as I have never been the best at anything either. I feel like I have always been an “almost”, too, which is one of the reasons I loved this book so much. The plot was also amazing too, like Olivia said. It was very well done and realistic, which are the things I look for/like the most when reading a book.

    I think it is best for 5th graders and for ages 10+, and I think it has a decent shot at winning the Newbery or aat least an Honour.

    (P.S. I want to give some credit to Ms. Lindsay for this one. She asked me if I could read it since most people haven’t read it and I really enjoyed it. So thanks, Ms. Lindsay 😀 )

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