When the Past is a Present (Amelia Rules! Series)

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Meet Amelia Louise McBride. She’s been forced to move out of Manhattan after her parents decided to get divorced, and is now living in a small town (who cares which one) with her mom and her aunt, Tanner. Not to mention the fact that she’s dealing with being the new kid in school, many trips to the principal’s office, first kisses, etc. But you know what? She’s got her friends Reggie, Rhonda, and Pajamaman, and everything’s going to be okay. Except, of course, when it isn’t.

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Overview

Meet Amelia Louise McBride. She’s been forced to move out of Manhattan after her parents decided to get divorced, and is now living in a small town (who cares which one) with her mom and her aunt, Tanner. Not to mention the fact that she’s dealing with being the new kid in school, many trips to the principal’s office, first kisses, etc. But you know what? She’s got her friends Reggie, Rhonda, and Pajamaman, and everything’s going to be okay. Except, of course, when it isn’t.

In this fourth installment of Amelia Rules!, Amelia discovers a box of old photos and learns a thing or two about love, rebellion, and what it means to be a family.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung
Ten-year-old Amelia Louise McBride is the smart-mouthed (but sweet) narrator of this graphic novel that showcases her daily misadventures through the endless visual possibilities of comic book storytelling. Whether we are watching Amelia spy on her newly divorced mother's date (who is so boring Amelia sees him as a men's room sign), imagine running away to Alaska (and dealing with a talking polar bear), or comfort a friend whose father is being deployed overseas (as dad leaves, the background fades to white, reflecting the girl's sadness), Gownley's clever dialogue and visual choices never fail to surprise or tug at the heartstrings. Nowhere is this better shown than in the final chapters when Amelia, confused by the changes in her life, asks about her family history. As Amelia's aunt delves into their heritage, each generation's story is drawn in the style of a classic newspaper comic strip—from Little Orphan Annie to Terry and the Pirates to Peanuts. Later, when Amelia falls asleep, she sees panels from each strip come together to form a collage about her family, and remarks, "Just for a second there, it was like everything made sense… like everything fit." Presenting real-life dilemmas in such creative ways demonstrates a deep love not only for children's literature but also for the comic book medium, earning this fourth installment in the "Amelia Rules!" series an honored place on library shelves. Reviewer: Michael Jung
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"Screamingly funny." — Megan McDonald, author of the Judy Moody series
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442445413
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Series: Amelia Rules! Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 411,016
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (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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