Order of Amelie, Hold the Fries

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Overview

An ultra-modern teen love story.

Seventeen-year-old Tim is smitten when he glimpses the girl of his dreams. But who is she? When her name and address falls from her bag, he can't believe his luck.

Tim boldly writes to his fantasy woman. But to his surprise, the address belongs to someone else: Amelie. She writes Tim back to say she's hardly the girl he spotted: she's not beautiful, she's two years his senior, ...

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Overview

An ultra-modern teen love story.

Seventeen-year-old Tim is smitten when he glimpses the girl of his dreams. But who is she? When her name and address falls from her bag, he can't believe his luck.

Tim boldly writes to his fantasy woman. But to his surprise, the address belongs to someone else: Amelie. She writes Tim back to say she's hardly the girl he spotted: she's not beautiful, she's two years his senior, and she's as good as engaged. Intrigued by her wit, and pumped by the challenge, Tim tries to convince Amelie to meet him.

A series of humorous and sarcastic exchanges begin. Through emails and letters, scratchings on take-out containers, and scrawlings on news clippings, the relationship grows.

The unstoppable energy and optimism in the letters are conveyed through the inventive lay-out devoting one page to each message. An Order of Amelie,
Hold the Fries
is the Griffin and Sabine for teens.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The format of this book is up to the minute. The characters communicate by e-mail, cell phone, snail mail and odd little notes left here and there. It is a convoluted love story which manages to keep the reader guessing until the last page. Tim is a seventeen-year-old romantic who believes he has seen the girl of his dreams and he is stunned when she drops a slip of paper containing a name and address as she walks along the sidewalk. He contacts her and, although the girl he contacts is not the girl he saw, the relationship develops. It does not develop smoothly and the ups and downs if charted, would be dizzying. Amelie, while not the girl he first saw, is the girl he falls for and she must decide between Tim, who is younger than she, and Sebastion, who is urging her to marry. While reading the book, one might wonder if most women of Amelie's age wouldn't be leery of Tim in the early days. He is quite young, comes on very strong to someone he doesn't know and she might wonder how thin the line is between lovestruck romantic and weird stalker. 2004 (orig. 2003), Annick Press, Ages 12 to 14.
—Carolyn Mott Ford
Kirkus Reviews
A shallow tale of erstwhile lovers told in letters, notes, e-mail, text messages, and illustration. When the gorgeous girl of Tim's dreams drops an addressed envelope, he jumps at the chance to write to the mysterious Amelie and introduce himself. Alas, the gorgeous stranger wasn't carrying her own address but a friend's. Undeterred, Tim transfers his affections to the initially unwilling Amelie. Their correspondence, portrayed on photo-collage illustrated pages representing stationery and images of cell phones, brings them closer, though Amelie is "as good as engaged." Eventually, Amelie will need to choose between high-school student Tim and rising businessman Sebastian. Unfortunately, this slim volume, dedicating entire pages to single text messages ("Gr8 eve. Cant w8 til Mon. T."), offers only the slenderest characterization. Will Amelie choose Tim or Sebastian in the end? Readers know too little about her to either guess or care. (Fiction. 12-15)
Booklist - Debbie Carton
Charming, funny, and altogether satisfying love story... Clever, inventive graphics and witty repartee work together to make this an instant charmer.
Resource Links - Susan Miller
This is a clever, clever little book... this is the guy most girls would find appealing as he is talkactive, witty, romantic and caring.
Library Media Connection - Michelle Glatt
Sure to hook teens that enjoy light romance... The fresh, funny "dialogue" and funky format make this book an appealing one, and one that will enjoy great word-of-mouth circulation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550378603
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/4/2004
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Nina Schindler is a former teacher whose extensive work includes crime fiction, picture books and young adult novels. She frequently lectures on youth and the media.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2004

    not ur regular type of book

    I think that this book is very different but good in its own way. Its a story full of letters. It took me less than an hour to read but its a sweet and sour romance plenty of teens will like this 'novel.'

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