In Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff, the reader meets Albie, entering 5th grade at a new school, apprehensive because school has always been hard for him, (he often "almost" gets it) and he will no longer have his best friend with him. We follow Albie through some fun and compassionate teachers, some not, a new friend, a new bully, and a very different sort of nanny who his parents hire to be with him after school until they get home from work. Calista is an artist who looks at the world differently and lets Albie show her his expertise, the City of New York! Just as in her previous book, The Thing About Georgie, this author takes us into the perspective of one boy, who may have trouble reading, but has many other special talents if you just take the time to find out. Grade 4-6.
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.