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© 2021 Lisa Graff
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? 
​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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