Friday, May 4, 2012

The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister

The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister
Charlotte Agell
Christy Ottaviano Books, 2010
$16.95, Hardcover
March 5th, 2012

Genre: Realistic, Humor
Age: 8+
Description: India is a nine-year-old girl living in Maine who has a series of adventures that bring her closer to her artist mother, strengths her friendship with the neighbor boy, and helps her accept the man for whom her father left her family for.
Opinion: Agell manages to hit on a lot of serious stuff in a mildly humorous manner which really makes this novel shine. India is actually Chinese and was adapted by her parents. Her mother, an artist, is pretty self-sufficient and is a survivor of breast cancer. She actually has a mold statue of her breast made before she lost it hanging in their living room. There is even an illustration (the book is lightly illustrated with small line drawings) and India actually addressed the situation of how people (especially guys) act around seeing a “boob” in her living room—and how embarrassing that is. India’s father is gay and lives with his new boyfriend, Richard. India tries her best to be polite around Richard even though she feels like he took her dad away from her. A lot happens in this short (150 pages) book, but it really shows the life of India and makes readers truly care about her. A sequel would be most welcomed in my opinion.

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