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Absolutely Almost
Absolutely Almost

A book about fitting in and standing out.
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An NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor Book for Outstanding Fiction for Children!

Albie has always been an almost. He's almost good at tetherball. He's almost smart enough to pass his spelling test. He almost makes his parents proud. And now that Albie is starting a brand new school for fifth grade, he's never felt more certain that almost simply isn't good enough. With everyone around him expecting him to be one thing or another, how is an almost like Albie ever supposed to figure out who he really wants to be? 

Resources for teachers and librarians
           (aligned to Common Core standards for Grades 4-6)​

Awards and honors
Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014
An Amazon.com Best Book of 2014
BookPage Best Children's Book of 2014
An NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor Book
An ALA Notable Children's Book
An NYPL Top 100 Title for Reading & Sharing
A Junior Library Guild selection​
A Bank Street College Best Children's Book of 2015
A Goodreads Choice Awards nominee
Los Angeles Times Summer Reading Pick

Absolutely Almost has been named to fifteen state reading lists!
  • Capitol Choices Master List (Washington, D.C.) 2015
  • Charlie May Simon Award (Arkansas) 2016-2017
  • Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Master List 2015-2016
  • Nebraska Golden Sower Award 2017
  • Pacific Northwest Young Readers' Choice Award 2017
  • Sunshine State Readers Award (Florida) 2016-2017
  • Young Hoosier Book Award (Indiana) 2016-2017

Reviews
Kirkus / STARRED review
★ [Graff] gracefully fuses heartache with a gentle humor and candor. . . . Achingly superb, Albie’s story shines.
 
Booklist / STARRED review
★ Beautifully written, Albie's story is accessible and dignified, with a gentle message that will touch any reader's heart. . . . A perfect book to share with struggling readers.

Publishers Weekly / STARRED review
★ Graff’s gentle 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.

School Library Journal / STARRED review
★ Albie comes through significant emotional hardship to a genuine sense of self-worth. Albie himself would find this book inviting.

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Penguin Books (Philomel)
Summer 2014
hardcover: 978-0-399-16405-7
paperback: 978-0-147-50857-7

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