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Children's LiteratureMany middle school girls will identify with Amelia and the embarrassing moments that fill this next notebook in her ongoing series—everything from spilling milk, to being seen with mom inside school or seeing a teacher outside of school. The story line takes Amelia on an overnight science field trip with her class, prompting a whole new basket of worries. "Will I have to take showers with everyone else? Will kids make fun of my pajamas?" There are a few themes that may be typical but are unfortunate and probably should not get quite so much attention: Amelia's frequent put-downs of science, her dislike of her older sister Chloe who is a student aide on the field trip, and everyone making fun of Chloe's big nose. Relations with both Chloe and science are friendlier by the end of the book, which is written in Amelia's printed handwriting with her characteristic line drawings illustrating every page. The Amelia books reach girls at a vulnerable age and remind them in a humorous way that they are not alone with their fears and concerns and embarrassing moments. 2005, Simon & Schuster, Ages 9 to 13.