The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular (Amelia Rules! Series)

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Do you know there’s no true opposite to the word “catastrophe”?

Amelia McBride and company are about to embark on their most daunting mission yet: navigating the promises and pitfalls of popularity at Joe McCarthy Elementary. A tricky task when you consider an unmatched pair of socks alone can cause ridicule for years to come. Really, though, all the gang wants is not to be unpopular. Rising and falling through the ranks of nerd, geek—and cheerleader?—with advice from wacky ...

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Overview

Do you know there’s no true opposite to the word “catastrophe”?

Amelia McBride and company are about to embark on their most daunting mission yet: navigating the promises and pitfalls of popularity at Joe McCarthy Elementary. A tricky task when you consider an unmatched pair of socks alone can cause ridicule for years to come. Really, though, all the gang wants is not to be unpopular. Rising and falling through the ranks of nerd, geek—and cheerleader?—with advice from wacky popularity expert Dr. Victoria Medeochrias, Amelia and her friends encounter riotous mobs, unfortunate makeovers, and bad catch phrases. Even after things go from bad to worse, Amelia learns there are some things that are just a little bit more important than being popular.

In his first brand new volume in two years, Jimmy Gownley dishes up another hilariously satisfying dose of Amelia Rules!, in what Comics Buyer’s Guide has called “a timeless manner to which readers young and old can easily relate.”

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"Gownley’s first new Amelia Rules! material in two years is just as full of preteen/tween angst and humor as ever. . . . Amelia fans will love it, and new readers can enjoy it, too." —BOOKLIST

"Amelia McBride . . . is a comic genius. . . . As the first new Amelia book in two years, this volume should get quickly devoured by the younger set, and with good reason. It’s a hoot." GraphicNovelReporter

"Haven’t read comics before? This is where you’ll want to start. . . . Whether she’s battling a new teacher with light sabers dressed as a Jedi, or on the news having photos taken with Paris Hilton, readers will have a fun time getting lost in [Amelia's] imagination." GIRLS LIFE

"Amelia McBride returns in an all new, hilarious adventure. . . .The dialogue is effortless and evokes laughter on every page. That alone is reason to read the book, but Gownley’s ability to give his heroine such earnestness and thoughtfulness is what sets this story apart." –SLJ

"The author's insightful observations of daily kid life are allowed to shine. . . . Gownley's mimicry and comic allusions are again on display. . . . Engaging characters and lively art should capture readers new and old." —Publishers Weekly

"Gownley deftly combines humor and realism to create a thought-provoking story guaranteed to resonate with readers, who also will appreciate his wonderfully drawn illustrations." –Scripps Howard News Service

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Readers will laugh out loud while reading this set of Amelia's rules and be amazed at how well the author nails the problems involving popularity. Readers will find food for thought in a boy's declaration, "Sometimes I think it's easy to judge the past. But I think one of the hardest things in the world to do . . . is to look honestly at ourselves." Amelia and her friend become outcasts and consult a self-help book, attempting to do what is in the book in order to get back in the "in the group." They try everything from new hairstyles to new friends. Of course, nothing works. In fact, things become disastrous when a mob of angry students chases them. This story shows the reality of difficulties that young people have when going from a child to adolescence. Children will be able to identify with the information provided and will be able to talk to a friend about the book. Presenting the information in graphic format creates a perfect fit for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on also will enjoy the graphics, exhilarating story, and fast-paced text. This book would be a great addition to a classroom or school, and it would be a great gift to give a child going into the intermediate classes. It is a must-buy for school libraries. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
Publishers Weekly
Gownley's charming series about Amelia and her everyday struggles with school, family, and friends returns in his first new graphic novel with Amelia grown up a bit. She's now worried about that classic concern: how to be popular, or whether it's even worth it. Amelia, now more of a young woman, less of a child, and Rhonda (of the crazy hair) put up with snubs from the popular blondes and try out for cheerleading in an attempt to jump a few rungs on the social ladder. The book takes time to get going, with a lot of hinting at what's going to happen and mixing up the time flow to artificially induce excitement, but later on, the author's insightful observations of daily kid life are allowed to shine. Rhonda's simple but powerful transformation is a particularly telling moment. Gownley's mimicry and comic allusions are again on display, as Aunt Tanner (the best character for her combination of adult wisdom and youthful energy) tells a tale of her teen years that uncannily resembles an Archie comic. Engaging characters and lively art should capture readers new and old. Ages 9-12. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Amelia McBride returns in an all new, hilarious adventure to learn some hard truths. She finds out that some people will never be popular, but that they don't have to be unpopular. When a mistake involving space suits turns Amelia and her friend Rhonda into social outcasts, they consult The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular. In their quest to be "normal," she and her pals try out new hairstyles, attitudes, and friends, with their now-recognizable humor and spirit. They straddle that strange line between childhood and adolescence, wanting to be cool but ending up racing down the hill in a wheelbarrow. The dialogue is effortless and evokes laughter on every page. That alone is reason to read the book, but Gownley's ability to give his heroine such earnestness and thoughtfulness is what sets this story apart. Both Amelia's mother and her aunt play important parts in her life and avoid being shoved to the side. The full-color illustrations will elicit giggles all on their own. Whether for a library stocked with earlier Amelia books or one without, this is an essential purchase.—Sadie Mattox, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416986102
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Series: Amelia Rules! Series , #5
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (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 January 18, 2011

    Fifth in Amelia Rules series is another perfect read

    The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular by Jimmy Gownley is the fifth book in the Amelia Rules series. Amelia McBride has settled into her life in upstate New York after the divorce of her parents. She's going into a new year of school with her old friends, Rhonda, Reggie, Pajamaman, and Joan, who recently moved to the area. They've spent the last year dealing with their unpopularity, but Rhonda has discovered the eponymous guidebook that is supposed to help them achieve every tweenage and teenage dream: popularity. The quest has Rhonda acting in more abnormal ways than even she is accustomed to. When Amelia and Rhonda team up on a school project that at first gives them their heart's desire and then goes wrong...very, very wrong, leaving Amelia labeled "bad" by the school principal and wondering who she really is. I have no idea how Gownley manages to write so accurately in the mind of a ten-year-old girl, although I would have loved her dialogue when I was her age. His books are so well-written, filled with brilliant dialogue, as thought-provoking plots that will inspire real thinking in children, and conversations with their parents. He tackles topics often thought too deep for children and handles them with true delicacy and finesse. He gives parents a view into their children's minds, while giving those kids something to laugh about while also learning lessons about life, but he never does it in a pedantic way that would turn off readers. I am unashamedly in love with the Amelia Rules series, as is my seven-year-old daughter. Gownley has created something truly wonderful in this series, and I look forward to following the series for years to come.

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