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Absolutely Almost

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sweet, funny, poignant tale of struggling 10-year-old.

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Many a kid has failed to measure up to expectations, and Albie's struggles to figure things out and deal with being called "dummy" will resonate with a lot of young readers. Some will feel good figuring out some things before Albie does, from math to social cues. Albie's day-to-day life in Manhattan will fascinate kids who live elsewhere, from visiting the bodegas and the Bronx Zoo to riding the subways -- and experiencing what happens when the subways break down. The adventures (and coping skills) of his best friend Erlan's family when they become reality TV stars will have young and old readers in stitches.

Characters reflect New York City's diverse culture in a light, matter-of-fact way: Albie's mom is Korean-American, and his dad is Swiss-American; Erlan's family comes from Kazakhstan; and one of Albie's classmates has two dads.

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