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That's Enough, Maddie!

by Louise Leblanc
illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
translated by Sarah Cummins

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emotions & feelings, humorous stories
list price: $5.95
also available: Hardcover eBook
published: 1991
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
5 to 10
1 to 5
Reading age:
5 to 10
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Maddie has had enough. Enough of her parents telling her what to do. Enough of her grouchy brother Alexander and her goofy brother Julian. Enough of her adorable sister Angelbaby Sugarkins, even.

So Maddie decides to run away from home. She works out an elaborate plan: she packs a bag for her journey, she sabotages her schoolbus. But soon, walking down a strange street with nothing to eat, she panics. She runs to a busy shopping mall, but doesn't see anyone she knows. She gets terribly lost in a deep, dark forest. Just when she thinks all hope is lost, however, Maddie discovers a surprise that changes everything.

That's Enough, Maddie! is a story about the difficulties of everyday family life, and the dangers of acting impulsively.

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Editorial Reviews

"Maddie is a particularly delightful combination of determination and sensitivity."

— Canadian Book Review Annual

"That's Enough, Maddie! is a great story... an exciting adventure children in this age group should enjoy."

— The Chronicle-Herald

"The seven-to ten-year-old reader will find this book appealing because of its format. The pocketbook size, the short sentences, large print, and accessible language all contribute to the thrilling experience of reading a "grown-up" book from cover to cover. Well-defined chapters, as outlined in the table of contents, provide satisfying stopping places for those that need them. For those young readers trying to make the jump from picture-books, Marie-Louise Gay's thirteen sparse black-and-white illustrations provide plenty of humorous interest without intruding on the text. All in all, this is a very satisfying book for the readership at which it is aimed. Recommended."

— Canadian Materials

Her [Leblanc's style is breezy and humorous, and this 10-chapter book should appeal to 9-year old looking for stories longer than picture books. The many charming illustrations by award-winning artist Marie-Louise Gay add a witty dimension to this gentle story of an older sister who feels like a martyr but learns that home is best. This novel would be a good choice for Grade 3 students, where the ensuing discussions could touch on handling relationships within the family and school community."

— Children's Book Review Annual
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About the Authors

Louise Leblanc

LOUISE LEBLANC is an award-winning novelist and children\s writer. A native of Montreal she worked as a teacher a model an actress and a dancer before establishing her full-time writing career in 1985. Her Maddie books have appeared in French English Spanish and Danish editions.'
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Marie-Louise Gay

Marie-Louise Gay is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Mustafa and Fern and Horn. She lives in Montreal. marielouisegay.com

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Sarah Cummins

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