Meet Addy: An American Girl (The American Girls Collection Book 1)

by Connie Porter

Paperback, 1993




Pleasant Company (1993), Edition: First Edition, 88 pages


Nine-year-old Addy Walker escapes from a cruel life of slavery to freedom during the Civil War.

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½ (137 ratings; 3.9)

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LibraryThing member debrajohnson316
This is the story of a young African-American girl named Addy who lived during the Civil War. The book tells of her family's battle with slavery and her escape to freedom with her mother. They endure many tough situations on their journey, but hold on to hope of being reunited with the other
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members of their family.

This book was not necessarily full of facts as a Historical Fiction story shouldn't be, but it gave a life like example and back story for slavery. It was upsetting to think of some of the situations that could have and likely did occur during that time period.

In the classroom, I would use this book during a lesson on slavery to discuss the hardships African-Americans faced in our country during civil war times. I would invite students who have parents or grandparents of any ethnicity who have faced discrimination to come and share their age appropriate experiences with the class if it were a class comprised of intermediate elementary students.
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LibraryThing member MrsWeldonlovesbooks
This is a story about a young slaved girl named Addy. This book describes her family’s struggle with slavery. In the end, their determination sets them free.

I really enjoyed this book, and I felt the characters were very life-like. I think this is a great book to help kids understand slavery, and
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it would be best for 2nd- 6th grade.

In the classroom, I would use this to introduce a lesson on slavery. In this lesson, we would discuss the struggles African Americans faced during the Civil War.
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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Addy’s family has been talking about escaping from slavery, but held off. When Addy’s father and brother Sam are sold, her mother decides that they have to go to protect Addy. This means leaving baby Esther with Auntie Lulu and Uncle Solomon- two close friends who are like family. Running away
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is hard, but Addy and her mother finally make it to freedom.
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LibraryThing member chelsea.sellers
This is a story about a young girl by the name of Addy. The book describes the struggle that her and her family go through during the time of slavery. Addy and her mother are determined to escape to their freedom and be reunited with her family after they are free.

This book gave a really good
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illustration of what African Americans went through during their struggle of slavery.

I would pull this book out to discuss when are going over slavery during the Civil War. You could introduce the book by asking the class what they thought the children had to go through with their parents.
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LibraryThing member Ashleyreece
In this story Addy is a young slave girl working on a plantation with her mother. They decide to escape the plantation and head north to freedom. They head north to find their family. They hope the war will soon be over, but they have many trials and tribulations before they reach freedom

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I absolutely love American Girl books. I read this book when I was a young girl and I just fell in love with Addy and all her bravery and strength.

I would use this book in a unit on slavery if I was teaching 4th or 5th graders. I would have them write their own story about how Addy gets to freedom.

I would also use this book in a lesson about African American culture. my class would discuss the trails and tribulations that some people had to go through for freedom.
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LibraryThing member mbeal
I would definitely use this for upper elementary school students (3-5). It's a chapter book and at a level that they wouldn't have too much difficulty reading through. Since the book is about an African American girl and her family that escape slavery, it would be fairly informative for the
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readers. Additionally I think it would help students to get a sense of what it would have been like at that time and make that history more relatable to students.
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LibraryThing member kelseyjenkens
In my opinion, this was a great book. One of the reasons I liked this book was because of it's message. Addy is an African-American girl who lives on a plantation with her family. Her father has a plan for them to run away, but Addy's father and older brother are sold to another master. Addy and
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her mother escape from the plantation and abolitionists transport them to Philadelphia. They stay with a white family and Addy makes friends with their daughter, Sarah. The reader is able to understand the time period in which this story takes place and can connect with their prior knowledge of slavery, plantations, blacks vs. whites, etc. Another reason why I like this book is because of the characters. Addy and Sarah for example are still young and so innocent. They don't realize that people in society at this point in time are against African Americans and White people to make friends with one another. The depiction of these two young characters are relatable to young readers.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Of course the concept is important. Every 'american girl' reader should know Addy's story. But the story has already been told so many times in other historical fiction and non-fiction that everyone does know it. At least I do. I didn't learn or feel one new thing from this.

In case I'm wrong, I'll
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give this three instead of 2 stars, because the author does not sugar-coat the issues.
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LibraryThing member michellehewitt
Easy reading, book was emotional for some children, encouraged children to keep reading further in the series.


Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — Intermediate — 1995)
Children's Favorites Awards (Selection — 1992-1994)


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