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The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister

Charlotte Agell; illlustrations by Charlotte Agell

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Fourth grade is a year of changes, challenges, and ordinary joys for India McAllister.  She lives in Maine with her artist mom and their dog, Tofu.  Her father lives in the next town over with his new partner, Richard and their bird, Beatrice Strawberry.  India – named for the ink, not the subcontinent – was adopted from China as a baby.  Being the only Chinese girl in her small town fuels India’s search for identity.  India reports in her own words and drawings about life, adventures (many with her good friend Colby) and all things annoying as well as what makes her happy.  First three on the happy list: Tofu, Bird, and Colby!
 
The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Accidental Adventures of India McAllister
1Me--India McAllisterMy name is India McAllister, and I'm nine and a half years old. I live in Wolfgang, Maine, where there are no wolves, but the coyotes grow almost as big. You can hear them calling to each other at night.My house is on the corner of Blueberry and Buckle streets, so my address sounds like the best breakfast in the world: blueberry buckle! Nowadays, it's just Mom and me, and Tofu of course. He's my dog. It's a big house with really high ceilings. You could practically playbasketball in here. I've never done that, but badminton works
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Praise for The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister

An ALA Rainbow Top Ten Book
 

“Illustrated with India’s captioned drawings, the engaging first-person narrative centers on one child’s concerns, captures the emotional nuances of her relationships with others, and includes well-defined portrayals of adults as well as children. A promising start for the series.” --Booklist

 

Enjoyable, engaging and emotionally resonant.” --Kirkus Reviews

 

"A delightful addition to the middle-grade canon."-- Publisher's Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Charlotte Agell; illlustrations by Charlotte Agell

  • Charlotte Agell has written and illustrated several picture books, as well as a the novels Welcome Home or Someplace Like It and Shift. She is a teacher of creative writing and art and lives with her family in Brunswick, Maine.

     

    www.charlotteagell.com

  • Charlotte Agell © Sarah Laurence
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The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister

Charlotte Agell; illlustrations by Charlotte Agell

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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