Friday, August 1, 2014

Book Review: The Only Alex Addleston in All These Mountains, by James Solheim

The Only Alex Addleston in All These Mountains

Alex Addleston and Alex Addleston do everything together. They chase Flatt Mountain fireflies. They code secret messages. They collect crawdads named Mr. and Mrs. Sassafras Jorgensen. But when Alex's parents move her family to Kenya, the two friends lose contact with each other.
Half a world apart, each Alex still keeps the other close while climbing trees, counting stars, and playing games. One day, just maybe, they will rediscover what it means to be best friends, no matter what.
Awwwwwww! I don't think I've ever wanted a picture book to be made into a chapter book quite so much. Or, a movie! Are you listening, Hollywood? Scratch that, you'll ruin it.
Loved the expressions on their faces when they squish into the same seat in Kindergarten - because, after all, it has their name on it! Ebbeler captured the moment so well I can hear them giggling. make sure you look at the inside cover pictures - in order. Sappy? Yep. Don't care. 
This is one of those books that an objective reviewer might take apart in places, arguing plausibility or what have you, but, you know what? I enjoyed it. It's a good story. And sometimes we need to remember that those things matter a whole lot more than anything we can critique.
Read it! Enjoy it! Pass it on!

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