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From Publishers Weekly

Moss (Mel's Diner) designs this upbeat, first-person story to resemble a real diary; the cover bears the familiar black-and-white abstract design of a composition book, decorated with color cartoons by Amelia, the book's nine-year-old "author." Inside, on lined pages, Amelia writes about her recent move to a new town, doodles pictures of people she meets and saves such mementos as postage stamps and a birthday candle. She misses her best friend, Nadia, but her moments of sadness are balanced by optimism-she distracts herself by drawing and by writing short stories. In appropriately conversational terms, Amelia complains that her big sister invades her privacy ("So Cleo if you are reading this right now-BUG OFF and STAY OUT"); gripes about cafeteria food ("Henna says they use dog food. I believe it!"); and jokes in classic elementary-school gross-out fashion. Readers will understand Amelia's wish to put her "top secret" thoughts on paper, and they'll notice that even though she's uneasy about attending a different school, she's starting over successfully. An on-target presentation. Ages 7-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 3^-5. Moss may have her name on the title page, but this is really Amelia's book. The feisty, make-believe nine-year-old takes on a life of her own as she writes and draws her feelings about moving, starting a new school, and making new friends (some antagonism toward her older sister, Cleo, who "picks her nose with her little finger," sneaks in as well). A colorful riot of childlike drawings and lots of hand-printed text spill every which way across the pages. Both the language and the art style are on target for the age group--Amelia is droll and funny and not too sophisticated for her years; she's also poignant and real as she longs for her "far-away" friend and takes tentative steps to find one close by. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 680 (What's this?)
  • Series: Amelia
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; 1St Edition edition (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416909052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416909057
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Many years ago, when I was still in elementary school, I read "Amelia's Notebook" for the first time. I must have been around the same age as the character, and I remember being able to relate to her a lot. I'm almost 17 years old, now, and the mere mention of this book or any of it's successors brings a smile to my face and a flood of happy memories, many of them memories of a simpler time in my life. Part of me wishes I could go back to that time, be immortalized like the entries in Amelia's notebook, alas, we all have to grow up, and I'm getting off topic. These books are very funny, they are sharp and honest, brilliant and human, unlike numerous books written for children in the perspective of a child, this one stays true to the target audience. I know for myself, I definitely had a few things in common with Amelia at age 9, and Marissa Moss did well, keeping the first-person accounts sounding more or less like a 9 year old girl, but not putting the character into a one-dimensional, overdone stereotype of girls Amelia's age. Amelia, as well as her friends, teachers, mom, and horror story of a sister, Cleo, are full of personality, every character sounding like they could be an actual person, and indeed, perhaps you know or will meet someone who reminds you of Amelia, Nadia, Mr. Nudle, Leah, or even Cleo! This book series also inspired me to write and draw, just as the Captain Underpants books inspired me to make comics. I've had notebooks ever since I can remember, writing anything that I thought was worth writing in them, and I think these books had a hand in that. My best friend read the books, and I remember, for a while we were both hog-wild about notebooks. I haven't written in a notebook in a while, but after writing this review, I think I'll try and pick it up again.Read more ›
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Format: Paperback
This is one of the most real books I've read in a long time! I can actually relate to it. Some people say it is not good for your kids. That is how kids are at that age, it's something they can relate to. They will not feel so alone. I wish she would just write TEN more books so I could read them all!!!!!!!!
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By A Customer on July 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
Amelia's Notebook was great!! I love the drawings
and the stuff she writes with it. She's a really
great author. I've read her others and they are
good too. So, what I'm trying to say basically
is either get the book or borrow it. I highly
recommend it. It's probably best for girls 7 - 16.
Great for all girls. Ages as follows.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When I was in elementary school (in the 90's), I read this book. Two years ago, I started buying this series for my niece. She loves Amelia and with good reason. Not only is this a fun and relatable read but the illustrations make it feel so personal and inviting.

I especially like that in "Amelia Lends a Hand," the book includes flash cards that teach sign language. My husband and I spent a couple hours with my niece, learning how to sign.

I encourage all girls, young and old, to read some Amelia books.
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Format: Hardcover
I love to read this book. It is quick and the jokes can be corny, but it is truly an entertaining story that is sure to amuse anyone in your life and I know that I enjoyed it for certain. However, I have only one complaint about this book: the pages give off a strong, unpleasant scent that sort of reminds me of cheese. (I am sorry, Marissa Moss, I know that it is not your fault). I am guessing that it is the glue used in the binding, but I don't always like to open up the book for this reason. I love it, and I don't think that the other books in this series bear the same smell, but otherwise you should definitely give this book a try.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the complete review as it appears <a href="http://ianwoodnovellum.blogspot.com/2014/08/amelias-notebook-by-marissa-moss.html">at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV</a>. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's novels reviewed on the blog will generally have some images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate a novel three-fifths worth reading! The only reason I've relented and started putting stars up there is to credit the good ones, which were being unfairly uncredited. So, all you'll ever see from me is a five-star or a one-star (since no stars isn't a rating, unfortunately).

I rated this novel WORTHY!

WARNING! MAY CONTAIN UNHIDDEN SPOILERS! PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!

This one I picked up on close-out because it was so hilarious and so irreverent that I couldn't leave it sitting there unloved.

Amelia is a young kid who has to move away from her school and friends, starting over in a new locale. She makes random notes about her experience and about anything and everything she deems worthy of a note in hardback notebooks. You know the ones: those with the cover looking like it already has ink-blots galore on it. In some ways, she's rather like a modern, much more funny, and far less creepy <="" a="">.

I love the way she draws a lot to illustrate her text, and the way she's completely unafraid to tell it how it is. She rambles on about her sister, her friends - old and new - and her teachers.
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