Amelia's Guide to Gossip: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Overview

Did you hear the rumor making the rounds?

A Note from the Author Amelia!

"Everything you always wanted to know about gossip -- it's the hottest rumor around!"
-- Me, Amelia

...the one about Amelia and her guide?

Notes from Amelia Fans:

"I...

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Overview

Did you hear the rumor making the rounds?

A Note from the Author Amelia!

"Everything you always wanted to know about gossip -- it's the hottest rumor around!"
-- Me, Amelia

...the one about Amelia and her guide?

Notes from Amelia Fans:

"I like how you get a lot of details in the book -- Good details make for good gossip!
-- Shana

"My favorite part was when Cleo pukes in teh car and Amelia says ' I'm trying to get some air here!' that was so funny." -- And you can pass this rumor on -- it's all true!
--Madeline

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Naomi Milliner
The best gossip needs to be both juicy and satisfying—the thrill of super secretive stuff. So claims Amelia, the shallow, one-dimensional, sixth grade narrator, whose lofty ambition is to write for a gossip rag. Even though her best friend explains that gossip, by definition, is something that always hurts the person being talked about, Amelia tackles the subject matter from every direction possible, from scales measuring the levels of lies, to a "Rate the Gossip" scale; from "Match the Teacher to the Gossip," to a gossip probability test. After devoting endless pages to the delights and nuances of gossip, Amelia then suggests ways to combat it, including spread your own rumors. The biggest problem with this book is its inherent triviality. What makes it worse, though, is its mean-spiritedness, making fun of personal hygiene, bed-wetting, and nerds. The uncredited illustrations are as amateurish as they are tasteless, the most offensive being an overflowing toilet. Then again, perhaps that one is meant as a visual metaphor for the entire book itself.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Amelia analyzes the various types of gossip: true, untrue, juicy, stale, hot off the rumor mill, or old stuff that everyone has already heard. She also illustrates how it is spread through school from a source to the kids who exist on the fringes in what she calls the "Gossip Ripple Effect." In the end, Amelia admits that gossip is like a fire that you can't help but stare at, but if you get too close, you can get burned. She likes to hear and spread "juicy tidbits," but balks at false statements being circulated about her. This book is neither creative nor funny. The majority of it focuses on information about gossiping with only an incidental story about Amelia, and the absence of a plot makes it a rather lackluster offering.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416914754
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 8/22/2006
  • Series: Amelia Series
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,032,937
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Marissa Moss is the bestselling creator of the perennially popular Amelia series as well as the Daphne’s Daily Disasters series. She lives in Berkeley, California. Visit her at MarissaMoss.com and at AmeliaBooks.com.

Marissa Moss is the bestselling creator of the perennially popular Amelia series as well as the Daphne’s Daily Disasters series. She lives in Berkeley, California. Visit her at MarissaMoss.com and at AmeliaBooks.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2007

    One of my favorites!

    I really enjoy the Amelia books....I loved this one so much that I wrote my own guide to gossip book!

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