The Only Alex Addleston in All These Mountains

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

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.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.7
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039060, JUV013090, JUV026000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 620
ATOS Reading Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 162758
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: James Solheim

Illustrator: Jeffrey Ebbeler

Jeffrey Ebbeler loves the creative potential of storybook art. He gives lectures and demonstrations in schools, colleges, and museums about the process of bringing words to life through pictures. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife and twin daughters. His books include Lights Out Shabbat, Cutting in Line Isn’t Fair and others.


School Library Journal

“Watercolor and ink illustrations provide lots to look at, with many pages set up like snapshots against a textured ground. Alex and Alex are appealing and expressive, conveying through their faraway looks the thoughts each has of the other.” —School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“[M]any will know the pain of friends who move away and will get caught up in the bittersweet, dual-track story of how the Alexes grow while trying to keep their connection alive.” —Publishers Weekly

Book Egg

Monday, January 13, 2014
It’s Monday, January 13th What Are You Reading?

It’s Early Bird Reader time again. This is a program I wholeheartedly support as it involves putting books into the hands of young children not yet in school. We want to make sure they are exposed to books as soon as possible. The goal is for siblings to bring home books to read to little brothers, sisters, cousins, or close friends. The books are given to the “baby birds” to help build up home libraries. It is not an easy thing to read to little brothers and sisters so I have to provide a bit of good humored training. I pretend to be the little sibling and let the big brother or sister attempt to read to me. Just like a two year old, I snatch the book out of their hands or try to take over the reading or even walk away mid sentence. Students are always shocked but better it be with me during practice then experience frustration at home. I give students tips and tricks for reading to little one to make the experience enjoyable for all.

The Only Alex Addleston in All These Mountains by James Solheim
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alex Addleston and Alex Addleston met each other on the first day of Kindergarten and became instant best friends. They remained best friends until the day Alex’s family moved to Kenya to build schools.

Years went by and they lost touch until one firefly filled, night when the Alex’s met again.