Everything you need to understand or teach Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor.
Addison Schmeeter is a newly minted sixth grader who lives with her mother, aka Mommers, in upstate New York. Addie's life has been filled with hardship, but Addie seems to have survived the hard times with a good attitude and a generous heart. Addie and Mommers have just been moved into an old trailer by Mommer's ex-husband, Dwight. Dwight and Mommers have been divorced for some time and share two daughters between them, Brynna and Katie. Addie is Mommers' daughter from a previous marriage. Mommers has mismanaged the money Dwight gave her and their house has been foreclosed on as a result. Brynna and Katie now live with Dwight while Addie lives with Mommers.
Addie's mother is probably bipolar or as Addie says: "Mommers is all or nothing." Some days Mommers remembers to take care of Addie and other days, she only takes care of herself. On those...
Waiting for Normal Lesson Plans contain 130 pages of teaching material, including: