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|This is not the Abby show|
Author: Fischer, Debbie Reed
A girl with ADHD loves to make people laugh, but when her acting out gets her stuck in summer school, she will have to try her hardest to turn over a new leaf.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.90
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 183626
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 3.40
Points: 14.0 Quiz: 71914
Kirkus Reviews (05/01/16)
School Library Journal (05/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2016 Gr 4–6—Abby has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She knows she was born for the spotlight and has a hard time sitting still and not blurting out things that others might find hurtful. When she fails her English class, she does the unthinkable. She and a friend, attempting to play a mischievous but ultimately harmless prank, accidentally ruin their English teacher's car. Basically grounded for the summer by her parents, Abby must repeat English as well as prove to her family that she can be responsible despite her ADHD. With the help of some new friends and a different, helpful English teacher, Abby's wish may soon come true. The characters are likable and fun to follow from start to finish, and their growth rings true. The author does a great job of shining some light on ADHD and how it can affect people differently. The plot, on the other hand, feels simplistic given the intended age group. Overall, fans of humor and realistic fiction will enjoy reading this. - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 07/01/2016 Abby lives with ADHD, and it gets her into trouble every day. Blurting out the wrong things and constant bruises make her feel like a walking disaster. When she flunks English and has to give up theater camp for summer school, she thinks her life is over. That is, until she meets a great teacher and new friends who not only accept and like her the way she is but understand that her goofiness and fast thinking are some of her best assets. The author places a heavy emphasis on what it feels like to live with ADHD and endeavors to illustrate different ways it can present itself. Abby is an extreme case, but it’s a good look into what life is like for some people who struggle with it every day. Abby’s funny and engaging first-person narrative recalls the tone of Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid and Rachel Renée Russell’s Dork Diaries, and the ultimate message—friends can help bring out the best in someone—is heartwarming. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.