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Amelia gets assigned a school science project with the worst partners ever!  How will she survive the science fair?

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Amelia gets assigned a school science project with the worst partners ever!  How will she survive the science fair?

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Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
Amelia's story is written as her journal, and she puts her readers into a middle school mindset with questions like: "How to be normal?" "What is normal?" "Which kids belong?" and "Which kids don't?" She considers that the words "Science" and "Fair" do not go together. Science is hard work on a scientific idea, not connected to the fair. Fair means rules, winning prizes and junk food. In her imagination, Amelia develops inventions that would be more in keeping with Fair than with Science. Amelia's notebook abounds with stick figure drawings and action figures with expressive faces (some about what she believes happens in the teacher's lounge). Mr. Engels announces the students will work in group. Those are the worst four words: science fair group project. Amelia recognizes that one person will do all the work, one will ask questions, and the third will sleep. Sadie sticks close-close to Amelia, toilets overflow, and look who the wallflower is at the dance. Amelia and Carly, best friends, prefer not to be "normal." Amelia gives the reader a Chart of Normalness. Amelia offers advice to typical seventh-grade worriers about "How to Make a Good Successful Group Project," and this includes important Dos and Don't. The back of the book has useful information conversion tables, very helpful for Science Fair participants. Other Amelia books are Amelia's 6th Grade Notebook and Amelia's Most Unforgettable Embarrassing Moments. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416964940
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Series: Amelia Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 868,520
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (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 and at

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 and at

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  • Posted February 5, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for

    Who doesn't dread the words "science fair?" <BR/><BR/>For anyone in middle school, these two words can be pure torture. Coming up with a science fair project can be agony. Well, for Amelia it's worse than that. Not only does she have to deal with a science fair, her science teacher has given her two more words that she can't stand to hear - "group project." <BR/><BR/>Amelia doesn't have any friends in her science class. Her best friend, Carly, is in a different science class, and has lucked out with two really wonderful partners for her project. After looking through the class, Amelia notes to herself who she could possibly work with. <BR/><BR/>Well, as can be expected, Amelia gets the two worst possible choices. First of all, she gets Felix. Felix sleeps through the entire class every day. And then there's Sadie. At least she thinks her name is Sadie. When Ameila asks her what her name is, Sadie just laughs it off and thinks Amelia is joking. After all, they had classes together the previous year, as well. <BR/><BR/>Sadie soon tries to weasel her way into Amelia's life. She invites herself over to Amelia's to work on their project. But when Amelia finds Sadie snooping around her bedroom and daring to read her journal, Amelia throws her out. <BR/><BR/>Amelia is torn between avoiding Sadie and getting a bad grade on their project, or dealing with the situation and trying to work together. It takes Carly's intervention to make Amelia realize that she doesn't have to be friends with Sadie to do the project, just friendly to work with. <BR/><BR/>With Felix asleep through it all, will Amelia and Sadie be able to overcome their problems to finish their science project on time? <BR/><BR/>Amelia shares her story in a written journal. With creative illustrations and what's made to look like handwritten entries, AMELIA'S SCIENCE FAIR DISASTER is a fun look at a brief chapter of Amelia's life. <BR/><BR/>Easy to pick up and quick to read, AMELIA'S SCIENCE FAIR DISASTER will have particular appeal to middle school tween girls.

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