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Absolutely Almost

Written by Lisa Graff
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Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, most athletic, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself. Simultaneous eBook.

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  • "Words that make my dad slam his fist on the table and call my teacher to shout about setting up a parent-teacher conference, and my mom to go out and buy fruit. When Mom comes back with strawberries, her face is always crystal clear. Not an almost-crying face at all."
  • "Darren Ackelman doesn't call me 'retard' anymore. But I think maybe it's not words that need to be outlawed."
  • "I looked up at Dad while he took another bite of his famous Schaffhause grilled cheese. There was a funny thing about Dad, I thought. Because sometimes he didn't understand me at all. And sometimes, he understood me more than anyone else."

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Talk to your child about their strengths and weaknesses. Ask how they relate to Albie in their struggles—do they ever feel discouraged or picked on? Tell your child what you think their strengths are, and remind them that like Albie learns, kindness is one of the best qualities you can have!

  • Absolutely Almost addresses bullying, so talk with your child about what Albie learns to help someone else who is being bullied or what to do if you’re being bullied.

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B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
6.0 / 7.0

This book has such a powerful message! The babysitter does a fabulous job helping Albie realize his talents and gain confidence in himself. Albie is a refreshing character who you instantly love—not because he’s special or super talented, but because he has learned to love himself and is genuine.

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Who Wrote Absolutely Almost

Lisa Graff

Lisa Graff ( is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of Far Away, The Great Treehouse War, A Clatter of Jars, Lost in the Sun, Absolutely Almost, A Tangle of Knots, Double Dog Dare, Sophie Simon Solves Them All, Umbrella Summer, The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower, and The Thing About Georgie. Lisa Graff’s books have been named to more than seventy state award lists and have been touted as best books of the year by booksellers, teachers, and librarians. A Tangle of Knots was long-listed for the National Book Award in 2013. Lisa Graff lives with her family just outside of Philadelphia. Follow her on Twitter @LisaGraff.

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June 12, 2014
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Text set in 12-point ITC Legacy Sans Std.
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