Addie on the Inside

In this “artfully crafted” (Publishers Weekly) companion to the bestselling The Misfits and Totally Joe, Addie Carle confronts labels, loss, and what it means to grow up.

The Gang of Five is back in this third story from Paintbrush Falls. Addie Carle, the only girl in the group of friends is outspoken, opinionated, and sometimes…just a bit obnoxious. 

But as seventh grade progresses, Addie’s not so sure anymore about who she is. It seems her tough exterior is just a little too tough and that doesn’t help her deal with the turmoil she feels on the inside as she faces the pains of growing up. 

Told in elegant, accessible verse, ADDIE ON THE INSIDE gives readers a look at a strong, smart, and sensitive girl struggling with the box society wants to put her in. Addie confronts experiences many readers will relate to: the loss of a beloved pet, first heartbreak, teasing…but also, friendship, love, and a growing confidence in one’s self.

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[Addie’s] forthright observations address serious topics with a maturity beyond her age.
— Kirkus Reviews
Howe’s artfully crafted lines show Addie’s intelligence and wit . . . Readers will empathize with Addie’s anguish and admire her courage to keep fighting.
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
A compelling and moving story about growing up and out.
— Booklist
Howe completely captures what it is like to be a thirteen-year-old girl. . . . Addie negotiates the corridors of middle school with thoughtful determination; she’s a young woman with a lot to say. Add this fine novel to the growing list of novels in verse.
— School Library Journal, starred review