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Absolutely Almost | [Lisa Graff]

Absolutely Almost

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. And his parents keep reminding him of those things all the time...even when it's just by accident. 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.
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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. And his parents keep reminding him of those things all the time...even when it's just by accident. 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 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. Once again, Graff crafts a beautiful novel about figuring out who you are and doing what you love.

©2014 Lisa Graff (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    "Beautifully performed, great book"

    The narration was spot on--you really believed he was a 10 year old boy, plus he was able to keep the separate characters differentiated.
    The book consists of little vignettes in the life of a 5th grader who is a little bit delayed in reading and school subjects, and it is clear that his parents are disappointed in him.The parents are portrayed as loving, but clueless in understanding their child. When a babysitter comes into his life who he can trust, he begins to learn more about how to navigate the tough world of school.
    Kids will come away from this book realizing that a good character (kindness, responsibility) is the thing that counts, and not how fast you can do math. A good message all around, and a wonderfully written story of overcoming obstacles when young. Can be read or listened to by 3rd graders up to adult.

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    james 07-04-14
    james 07-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "very easy read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i got this book after reading the perks of being a wall flower, i figured same narrator might as well. i didn't expect much when i first started reading but this book turned out to be great its a book that can be enjoyed by all ages i even recommended this book to my English teacher.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Absolutely Almost?

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    What does Noah Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he has life in his voice he's my favorite narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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    this book is worth the read

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