The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister

The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister

The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister 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 par

  • Title: The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister
  • Author: Charlotte Agell
  • ISBN: 9780805089028
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 smaFourth 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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    I like this book because the girl is very much like me. She doesn't like pink, she eats macaroni and cheese with peas, she likes and wants adventure, and she has a friend that's a boy and she says "Most of the time I act more like a boy than he does." It is really interesting, I feel like I read many books like this where the main character's parents are divorced, and she has an enemy, a best friend and a pet, (That she is usually really attached to.) In this case India is the main character, th [...]

    Less a carefully plotted novel than a slice of life of one girl in Maine. She lives part time with her mom (an artist) and part time with her dad and his new partner. There are lots of good details and much "ordinary life" kinds of adventures with her best friend. Entertaining and a very peleasant, quick read, but I have to think of the hook for kids. They will like it once they start. -Maeve

    India McAllister is nine and a half years old, lives in Wolfgang, Maine, and has a dog named, Tofu. She likes school, reading and hanging out with her best friend, Colby. One thing she doesn’t like is mean girl, Amanda Roden who irritates India throughout the story. India's mom, an artist and breast cancer survivor, gets caught up with her work, sometimes even forgetting when it's time to eat. Her parents have been divorced for a few years and while she usually sees her dad every weekend, she [...]

    The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister is a work of Multicultural Fiction by Charlotte Agell written in 2010. This story follows a young girl who is experiencing much diversity in her life and how she is able to cope. However, the story falls short in developing the characters true feelings and really making use of her unusual family situation in order to create a powerful multicultural novel. India McAllister is a fourth grade girl who lives with her artist mother whom is a breast cance [...]

    The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister was not my favorite. I found the episodic plot to be unhelpful to the book and annoying. It makes some sense because the story is being told from the perspective of a nine year old, but even so, I was not a fan. So many issues are covered in this story; there is everything from breast cancer to being adopted to having a gay father. But, each topic is only covered for a few pages and never fully developed. A lot of the plots are left never to be resol [...]

    This book was recommended on the Rainbow Book List. It seems to be geared towards students in about 3rd or 4th grade, and in many ways it has a typical story line found in many children's novels. It's about the day to day experiences of India (the main character) and her best friend Cody. However, there are several aspects of the story that make it stand out from traditional children's fiction. India McAllister was born in China and adopted as an infant by her American parents. She struggles wit [...]

    This book is probably the most interesting out of all of the books I found for my text set. The main character is India a nine year old who lives with her mom. India is a very silly and sarcastic child and I like the way she makes light out of her situations. Her mother and her father are divorced and her father has fallen in live with another man. India jokes about her father's new boyfriend seeing him more than she sees him. On top of that, she was adopted and was born in China. She never met [...]

    The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister tells the story of India, a Chinese girl whose adopted parents, now divorced, are a bit eccentric. This story is written in first person from India’s point of view and has her own personal doodles on almost every page. India’s own personal touch to the book makes it easier for the intended age range for this story. Each of the chapters focuses on a different adventure in her life, which can make the storyline very jumpy. The story is a cute view [...]

    The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister by Charlotte Agell was the multicultural book I read. I did not like the book. However, for an elementary school reader (the intended audience for this book), may really enjoy it and find it to be a useful resource when they are learning about families who may be different than theirs. The main character, India, is Chinese and adopted, so her mom is not like her. Her parents are also divorced, and her dad is gay and living with another man. Many of t [...]

    Text summary: India is normal fourth grader in a small town in Maine. She describes herself as different from the rest because of her male best friend and the fact that she was adopted from China. She narrates her adventures, both intentional and accidental, while discussing her daily life and all its trials and tribulations. Visual summary: drawings were entertaining but there was too much text in the pictures. The words distracted me from the story and interrupted the flow of the book. The ill [...]

    I have to admit, I had high hopes for this book. I was excited that there could be a multicultural book for such a young audience, as that would allow students to broaden their horizons earlier than ever. Upon starting the book, it became evident there were many multicultural aspects of this book – cancer, divorce, adoption, and a homosexual parent to name a few. As I was reading the book, I was begging for it to explore one of those aspects further and make that one of the “adventures” th [...]

    Not since I read Buffalo Brenda> have I enjoyed the story of a "regular" young girl so much. (Interesting that both main characters are named "India" after India ink.) I read this with my daughter, and we were both hooked immediately. Unlike many reviewers, I loved the episodic nature of the chapters. Real life doesn't tie itself into a neat bow, and there's no reason for books to, either. This story was told the way a 9-year-old might really tell it. I especially loved the way India was at l [...]

    I was not very impressed by this novel. First of all, I enjoyed looking at the drawings, but I think they sort of took away from the novel. You would have to look at the pictures for a while to understand them and then it was sort of difficult to remember where the story left off, which I think could especially be difficult for children. I also thought that India, the main character, had way too much going on in her life to be realistic. The book focused on so many things in her life that were d [...]

    The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister was not one of my favorite books. It was a book that actually caused sadness and anger within. Poor India had more problems that one child should have to handle. She was not only adopted from China, but her parents were divorced, her dad became gay and moved in with another man. In sense this book shows reality of life in this day in age, so it would teach children a great deal about multicultural life today. The doodles and picture within the story [...]

    This was lovely. It was quirky and cute and simple like a book about fourth graders should be. This book touched on divorce, gay parents, and refusing to conform to gender roles - all incredibly important and deep topics. But they were discussed with subtlety and a sort of innocence that was super refreshing. I read it in one sitting, it was that nice.It had a distinctly "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" vibe in the way it presented the story (diary with drawn pictures). Distracting at first, but easy to g [...]

    A gentle read about India McAllister's life. She talks about her mom the artist, struggles with her dad leaving for his new partner Richard, loves bugs and her dog and Richard's new bird, hangs out with her friend Colby (not without some drama), and wonders about her birth parents in China. It's all just really lovely, because it's got all these "issues" things in it, but it's not preachy about anything and all those things are just part of the whole mosaic of India's life. She's funny and hones [...]

    I thought this was a cute book that kept things deliberately light while touching on interesting subjects like separated families, homosexuality, friendship, being adopted, race, etc. I am a bit disappointed that several of these just seem to "slide," as in they aren't fully investigated. I think it makes it too easy, perhaps for teachers and parents to do the same but at least they are there. The rest of the story is fun, funny, and adventuresome, with a couple escapades that don't seem to fit [...]

    Nine and a half year old India McAllister lives with her mom in a big house filled with art. She loves her dog named tofu and her dad even though mom and dad are divorced. Some people think India is from India but she is actually adopted from China. When Dad introduces his new partner to India she doesn't like how Daddy isn't just her's anymore when she goes for visitsa cute artsy story that lightly touches on divorces, same sex parents and adoption. Very approachable.

    This is an incredibly cute book, and it does great treatment of how it feels like to have parents go through a divorce, and additionally what its like to get used to the idea of one parent having a new same-sex partner. It also delves into what it feels like to be a different race form your parents (India was adopted from China).The cartoons that go along with the story are also fantastic, and the lead character has great personality. Very lovable.

    This is one of those books that I like more in concept than execution. India's mom and dad have divorced, and while her dad is now living with another man, this same sex partnering is less important than the fact that India's parents are separated. Adding to these issues, India is adopted from China, and her mom is a breast cancer survivor. It's all a bit too much, but the engaging cover and line drawings throughout add to the appeal for emerging chapter book readers.

    I can't actually remember why I added this book to my "to read" list, but I believe it was because I found it on an ALA list of good children's books for 2013. I could definitely relate to India's feelings of being different, and having very few friends in school. My favorite line of the entire book, however, was "I'm suspicious of people who don't like to read " and enjoyed her interactions and closeness with her dog Tofu.

    Agell creates a fairly normal girl in India and surrounds her with modern subplots. She is adopted from China, her parents are divorced, mom is a distracted abstract painter, and dad now lives with his partner Richard. Amid all of that is a story of a kid growing up and having a life. I appreciate that Agell made it so and these parts of India's life are included, pondered upon, and then given the kind of attention a child that age would give it. It seemed real and charmed me for being so.

    One Sentence Review: I think my mistake with this one was having too high a series of expectations, particularly since it's a book that deals with gay parents and not looking like your classmates (a tall order).

    Cute enough early chapter book, about a girl dealing w/lots of life changes. While not as winning as some of her contemporaries that I love (Clementine, Ivy and Bean, Ruby Lu), it's good, spirited fare and gets bonus points for a realistic, non-dramatic portrayal of same sex parentage and adoption.

    India is having a rough time learning to be a fourth grader. Her best friend is a guy, who has fallen in love with her arch nemesis. Her parents are no longer together and her dad has a new(ish) relationship with Richard. India feels left out all over the place. Watch as India finds her place.

    Audience: Anywhere from 3rd to 5th grade students and teachers who would like to discuss current trends in family living.Appeal: Help students understand different lifestyles-divorced families, adoption, cultural awarness.Award List: Pre-Class Book

    My daughter and I enjoyed this book very much. She especially seemed to appreciate the gay father and his boyfriend as she had not seen it presented in a book before. Very excellent. Thank you for that, Charlotte Agell.

    I thought this book was really cute and had great imagination. I loved the drawings and lists. I would recommend this to anyone.

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