Absolutely Almost (2020)

Absolutely Almost Lisa Graff Absolutely Almost From the author of the National Book Award nominee A Tangle of Knots comes an inspiring novel about figuring out who you are and doing what you love Albie has never been the smartest kid in his class
  • Title: Absolutely Almost
  • Author: Lisa Graff
  • ISBN: 9780399164057
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Hardcover
Absolutely Almost Lisa Graff From the author of the National Book Award nominee A Tangle of Knots comes an inspiring novel about figuring out who you are and doing what you love.Albie has never been the smartest kid in his class He has never been the tallest Or the best at gym Or the greatest artist Or the most musical In fact, Albie has a long list of the things he s not very good at But then AFrom the author of the National Book Award nominee A Tangle of Knots comes an inspiring novel about figuring out who you are and doing what you love.Albie has never been the smartest kid in his class He has never been the tallest Or the best at gym Or the greatest artist Or the most musical In fact, Albie has a long list of the things he s not very good at But then Albie gets a new babysitter, Calista, who helps him figure out all of the things he is good at and how he can take pride in himself.A perfect companion to Lisa Graff s National Book Award nominated A Tangle of Knots, this novel explores a similar theme in a realistic contemporary world where kids will easily be able to relate their own struggles to Albie s Great for fans of Rebecca Stead s Liar and Spy, RJ Palacio s Wonder and Cynthia Lord s Rules.Praise for ABSOLUTELY ALMOST Albie comes through significant emotional hardship to a genuine sense of self worth School Library Journal, starred review A perfect book to share with struggling readers Booklist, starred review Achingly superb, Albie s story shines Kirkus Reviews, starred review Graff sntle story invokes evergreen themes of coming to appreciate one s strengths and weaknesses , and stands out for its thoughtful, moving portrait of a boy who learns to keep moving forward, taking on the world at his own speed Publishers Weekly, starred review Lately the patrons of my school library have been asking, Do you have any books like Wonder by R.J Palacio and now I have the perfect offering BookPage Maybe the wonder of Absolutely Almost is that it s willing to give us an almost unheard of hero Betsy Bird, Fuse 8 Blog Graff.n draws on her ability to create rich lifeworlds for her characters to present a boy who is gifted in many ways T his is a sharp portrait of an outsider s inner perspective, and Albie s coming to terms with himself will be cheered by many BCCB Reviews
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  1. Betsy

    In the stage musical of Matilda, lyricist Tim Minchin begins the show with the following lines about the state of children today Specialness is de rigueur Above average is average Go fig ueur Is it some modern miracle of calculus That such frequent miracles don t render each one un miraculous This song ran on a bit of a loop through my cranium as I read Lisa Graff latest middle grade novel Absolutely Almost For parents, how well your child does reflects right back on you Your child is a genius C [...]

  2. Lisa

    Spoiler Alert There are spoilers in this review.Albie is a fifth grade boy with academic and social problems He is almost good at many things, but not quite good enough His new babysitter, Calista, helps Ablie discover the things in life that make him happy and that he is good at.I always hate it when everyone else loves a book, and I don t Some of the problem with Absolutely Almost is that I look at literature through the lens of sixth graders because that is the grade I teach I think this book [...]

  3. Donalyn

    Honest and funny, Lisa Graff s newest book had me cheering for the main character, Albie, by the first chapter Struggling at school, teased by bullies, pressured by his parents, Albie has a lot going on in his life, and how he handles it all makes him all the endearing By the end, my husband and I we read it during a road trip , were clamoring for Team Albie t shirts A lot of kids and their parents, teachers, and librarians are going to love this one.

  4. Kristen

    One day at work, I overheard a girl describing a book she couldn t wait to read to her mother Mom, I can t wait to read the next book The last book ended on such a hangover She meant cliffhanger, her mother corrected her, we all giggled, and it was one of the many cute stories I see in a day being a children s librarian But, I have to say, after staying up way too late to finish this book, sobbing uncontrollably at the end of it, and then being unable to sleep because I kept rolling it around in [...]

  5. Anmiryam

    I have to say this book broke my heart and put it back together I m sure it s a great book for kids, but it has wisdom to spare for adults, especially for parents who are still learning how to parent the children they have, rather than the children they wish they had I have just passed it along to my 19 yo to see if she finds the appeal transcends the middle grade and middle aged demographics.

  6. Stuti (Turmeric isn"t your friend. It will fly your ship

    You want to know how much I liked this book I liked it thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much Some people aren t good at anything Some people just really like donuts Lisa Graff always writes the best books ever And they almost always fall into my lap just when I need them the most She is my re bound author but also so much because the you read her book, the better you like it, even if the wonder of first time read her stories have isn t there There s the wonder of revising an old, gold friend.This was m [...]

  7. Barb Middleton

    As a kid I would pretend I was a great athlete or genius My dad is a genius Really He s been tested and his IQ is in the 140s Of course I can t remember the exact number I am not a genius I am average I didn t go to Harvard like dad I wasn t a straight A student like dad I didn t get high scores on college entrance exams I was plain ole boring average It took me a long time to be okay with that As a kid, I would deal with it by reading books and vicariously become a superhero through the eyes of [...]

  8. Kate

    Awwwww, this was achingly sweet and difficult at the same time A good reminder for parents that while your kid is extraordinary in many ways just being OK in some aspects of life is fine too.

  9. Elisabeth

    I m adding Albie to my small collection of characters whom I keep close and wonder about from time to time.

  10. Xueting

    This is the book I most desperately wish I read a few years ago, but it s still very relevant to me right now Albie is real than 98% of the characters I have read in books, from children s to adult s to non fiction books So much to write about this, so little idea of where and how to start Proper review to come

  11. Clare Cannon

    A hard done by kid who s not very smart gets a new not babysitter who helps to challenge his low self esteem The story has a sweet, positive message, even if the execution is not really engrossing as a story.We gradually relate to young Albie, and begin to suffer his disappointments a disengaged father, a struggling mother, getting expelled from school for not getting good enough grades, struggling with calculations, with spelling and all things educational, and finally finding a wise friend in [...]

  12. Ms. Yingling

    Albie s parents are both very demanding and very busy with their work, and his Grandpa Park also has high expectations for him, so when Albie is asked not to return to Mountford Prep, everyone is disappointed Albie feels like he isn t talented at anything His best friend and neighbor, Erlan, is very busy over the summer since his family which has two sets of triplets is filming a reality show, so he is stuck with his new nanny, Calista Calista is very different from the other nannies, and wants [...]

  13. Piyali

    This goes to my list of one of the most beautiful and sensitive books I have read till date I want every child and every grown up to read this book The book contains a much needed message of loving a child for who s he is and not for what what s he has achieved Math and reading do not come easily to 10 year old Albie so the expensive private school that his parents struggled to get him in kicked him out Albie goes to a new school where the cool kids call him retard and dummy It hurts him, but he [...]

  14. Meredith

    Oh, Albie Newbery criteria mentions distinguished a lot, which I know is not the same as distinctive, but Graff has created a unique character here in that he is in fact NOT distinctive He s just kind of stumping along in a below average way And by the end, he s kind of ok with that although disappointed to not be diagnosed with a reading disorder, because that would have made his parents feel better In a society where the pressure is on to not only keep up but edge out, and in a literary landsc [...]

  15. Michelle Simpson

    This is a wonderful book The characters were ordinary people, like those we meet every day, and I felt instantly connected I so wanted Albie to succeed, to win, to get revenge, etc but he just kept chugging along Readers will like him and root for him throughout the story The book reminded me a little bit of Calli Be Gold, in that the adults in the story didn t always have realistic even fair expectations for the child Sometimes the child doesn t seem to have a voice when with his her parents Ho [...]

  16. Michelle Glatt

    Top notch perspective in this book and I can say that I haven t ever read a book about a child with learning challenges that is quite like this one I can definitely think of a number of students who would be inspired to understanding and kindness by this novel.

  17. SusanDunn

    I loved this book Albie is going to be starting 5th grade at a new school He isn t quite sure why he s being transferred, but it has something to do with a letter from his old school that really upset his parents Albie has always struggled in school He s a kind, gentle soul the kind of kid who, when he gets to be captain of the basketball team picks the worst play first because he feels bad that she s always picked last But being a nice kid isn t getting Albie anywhere with his peers, or improvi [...]

  18. Alison

    I loved this it s another story that has you loving and rooting for the main character from the first few pages This has the emotional power of Wonder, Mockingbird and Out of my mind I would love to offer my students the audiobook as well as the print copy as it would be wonderful read aloud with the right voice As I was listening I could hears the voices from Augie and family from the Wonder audio in my head that might just be my need to hear an American accent with this one

  19. Sarah

    Lisa Graff is definitely one of my favorite new to me middle grade novelists I really liked her characters and the honesty with which they were portrayed I could see trouble coming a mile away in the instances there was trouble, and it was so painful when Albie could not Similar to The Thing About Georgie, there was the clear cut nasty name calling bully, and the individualistic caring friends I felt vaguely unsatisfied at the end, but that felt realistic, like life.

  20. Alex Baugh

    When my Kiddo was around 8, we were at the beach, sharing a vacation house with family from Washington DC Her older cousin Mary was a gymnast with a few nice wins under her belt and her cousin Daniel was quite a good artist One day, after watching Mary do gymnastics all over the house, the beach and the street, and after watching Daniel sit with his no, I don t share them art supplies, she turned to me and, with a crestfallen face, asked why she didn t have a talent, too Talented was a word she [...]

  21. Tasha

    The author of A Tangle of Knots returns with a brilliant new protagonist in her new novel Albie doesn t get good grades, in fact he was asked to leave his private school and is going to be starting public school instead Albie isn t the best artist He isn t the best at anything at all Except maybe at eating doughnuts for breakfast But when he changes schools, things start to change for Albie It could be the great new babysitter he gets, since his parents are very busy Calista is an artist and she [...]

  22. Lori Redman

    Love, love, love Albie is a fifth grader who is okay at a lot of things but he s not good at anything His parents are often disappointed with him, especially when he gets kicked out of his prep school for bad grades And although he tries his very hardest, he just can t seem to be good enough His new babysitter, Calista, gives him some confidence, as well as a new friend at school named Betsy But Albie still struggles with spelling tests, parental drama, and friendship as well as bullying.This bo [...]

  23. Kelly Hager

    I bought this book a while ago, but I can t remember why Probably one of my blogger friends was raving about it, and as always seems to happen I cared enough to buy it immediately but wasn t able to read it right away And then my author and friend Liza Wiemer raved about it read her review here and then I knew I had to read it immediately.And oh you guys, this book This Book.I feel like a lot of times we all have this great amount of pressure to be the best at somethingd I feel like it s even wo [...]

  24. Devonb

    I am reading the book Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff The genre of this book was realistic fiction and was published in 2014 The setting of the book is in NYC, also present time I think it is a great book and loved it because its so realistic For instance, Albie cant draw well Also, he struggles with reading They went on many adventures in NYC together it made me want to go to NYC and do these adventures The main characters in the book are Albie, a boy from NYC, doesn t get good grades no matter [...]

  25. Carolyn

    This is a great book, it really is However, there were some things that didn t work for me First, the parents They were just awful Dad was not there and didn t seem to care to know his son Mom, was doing the best she could, but the amount of pressure she was putting on her child was not realistic I feel like they just assumed the child was not smart and that was it Second, Albie he was supposed to be in 5th grade and apparently no one noticed that he must have been somewhere in the spectrum He w [...]

  26. Terri Floccare

    I absolutely almost liked this book I wonder if I would have liked it better if I wasn t a teacher The first half of the book had my rapt attention, but too much was left unresolved The main character s lack of success as a student was a big part of the story, but no solutions were ever put forth It seemed as though there was a lot of set up and very little resolution.

  27. Benji Martin

    It s been a while since a book broke me down emotionally like this one did at the end My mission for the day is to get Absolutely Almost into a kid s hands.

  28. Jennifer Vuillermet

    This heartwarming, realistic fiction book is a must read for every parent and every child who has ever feared not living up to parental expectations or struggled to navigate social groups and friendships In Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff, Albie has always almost been good enough Albie s own self doubt is exacerbated by his busy and disconnected parents, who both explicitly and implicitly let him know that he does not measure up to their expectations Swimming in lack of self confident after fail [...]

  29. Audrey Chang

    Albie knows a lot of things He knows that he is too old for a babysitter, he knows that it hurts to be called a dummy, and he knows that one and a half years is a long time to wait for his dad to fulfill his promise to help him build his model airplane But when it comes to math, spelling, and fitting in, no matter how hard he tries, Albie can t seem to figure it out Albie s parents try to do what they think is best for him, but always seem to fall short When, for the first time, Albie wants to r [...]

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