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The Meaning of Life . . . and Other Stuff (Amelia Rules! Series)

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Amelia McBride may be growing up, but she’s feeling down. If there’s one theme to her life, it’s that nothing lasts: not her parents’ marriage, not Aunt Tanner’s support, not the clubhouse for the Gathering of Awesome Super Pals (G.A.S.P.), not even her new spot on the stupid cheerleading squad. And while she’s learning all kinds of things about foot fungus, cheerwitches, and Reggie—who thinks Rhonda is CUTE?!—there’s still one thing Amelia can’t figure out, and that’s the meaning of life. It takes a grownup sort...

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Overview

Amelia McBride may be growing up, but she’s feeling down. If there’s one theme to her life, it’s that nothing lasts: not her parents’ marriage, not Aunt Tanner’s support, not the clubhouse for the Gathering of Awesome Super Pals (G.A.S.P.), not even her new spot on the stupid cheerleading squad. And while she’s learning all kinds of things about foot fungus, cheerwitches, and Reggie—who thinks Rhonda is CUTE?!—there’s still one thing Amelia can’t figure out, and that’s the meaning of life. It takes a grownup sort of tragedy for Amelia and her friends to realize that even when the world is scary, and life is as mystifying as ever, some things—like friendship—do last.

In Jimmy Gownley’s touching seventh installment of Amelia Rules!, Amelia may not find all the answers—but she does know how to ask the right questions. Who needs answers, anyway?

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Editorial Reviews

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"A standout graphic-novel series continues on its well-thought-out path...Gownley does not shy away from tough topics, presenting them in a way that is both approachable and understandable to kids. Reminiscent of an illustrated Alice McKinley, Amelia is growing up with her readership and taking them along on her often bumpy voyage. With all of the tribulations Amelia must deal with, she paints an accurate portrait of what preteens must deal with and how fast they sometimes have to grow up. Well done; here’s to the next installment."

Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2011

“The seventh book in the Amelia Rules series is as well written and beautifully illustrated as readers have come to expect…the books remain a kid-friendly mix of humor and realism.”

Booklist, September 15, 2011

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416986126
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Series: Amelia Rules! Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 317,224
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 6.06 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Jimmy Gownley began writing and drawing comics at the age of fifteen. He is an advocate for kids’ comics, having co-founded the organization Kids Love Comics, which works to promote comic books and graphic novels as a valuable tool for literacy and education in schools, libraries, and at home. He lives with his wife Karen and their twin daughters, Stella and Anna, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Jimmy Gownley began writing and drawing comics at the age of fifteen. He is an advocate for kids’ comics, having co-founded the organization Kids Love Comics, which works to promote comic books and graphic novels as a valuable tool for literacy and education in schools, libraries, and at home. He lives with his wife Karen and their twin daughters, Stella and Anna, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

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    Great Graphic Novel

    This is the seventh graphic novel in the Amelia Rules series. This is a graphic series I would definitely recommend to my students. They will definitely be able to identify with her.
    Amelia is a typical middle schools student with the same typical problems as middle school students today. Her parents are divorced, she has earned a reputation as a ¿bad kid¿, and she faces how to help a friend whose father is serving in combat. These are all realistic things that my middle school students face. I¿ve read these in e-book format and will definitely purchase these in physical form for my shelves. Really nice graphic novel. This is coming from someone who really doesn¿t care for a lot of graphic novels. This one I recommend.

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