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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374361312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374361310
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4–6—When Fancy Nelson arrives in a small upstate New York town in the mid-1960s, she is just the friend that lonely Amelia Earhart Rye needs. Unlike most residents, Amelia could care less that the newcomer is African-American. Local bullies insult Fancy by cutting off her braids; she then remarks that even kids in Alabama were not so cruel. Although the incident rattles her, she picks herself up and takes pride in a new, short haircut. Meanwhile, emotionally abused Amelia learns how to be strong from her bold new friend. She practices standing up for herself against teachers, cousins, and, finally, her mean mother who never wanted her. Amelia's most significant rebellion occurs when she defies her mother and walks away from the baptismal font at their strict Protestant church. Shimko cleverly uses this transformative moment in Christian religious life to illustrate how Amelia has been reborn, thanks to Fancy's kindness and friendship. She also gives the fourth grader a loving surrogate mother in the character of Margo LaRue, whom Amelia initially hated for running away with Mr. Rye before Amelia's birth. Like most of the characters, Margo has a depth and complexity that unfold at a leisurely pace. This novel is sure to engage readers in search of character-driven stories about friendship.—Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* Anger and hurt drive the first-person narrative of Amelia Earhart Rye, who is also laugh-out-loud irreverent as she describes growing up in a train-wreck family in small-town, upstate New York in the early 1960s. Before Amelia was born, Daddy took off with Margo, the town hussy. Now Margo is back (without Daddy), and she is much kinder to Amelia than harsh Mama is. Loving Grandpa, who really raised Amelia, is incapacitated after a stroke, but Amelia finds wonderful support from her best friend, Fancy Nelson, who is tough, smart, and unmoved by the local prejudice directed against her because she is the “colored” granddaughter of the town's white judge. Shimko draws all of her memorable characters, including Amelia's unattractive big sister and jailbird brother, without stereotype or sentimentality, even in the conclusion, which brings a surprising turnaround from Mama. Throughout, the narration remains true to the voice of caring, innocent Amelia. When Margo apologizes for running off with Daddy, Amelia doesn't make it easier for her and say that it was OK, “because it wasn't.” Will Daddy come back and rescue her? The final reconciliation may be a bit too tidy, but the heartfelt, nonpreachy drama of family and friends in hard times makes a great story. Grades 5-8. --Hazel Rochman

More About the Author

I'm a former second-grade teacher and the author of four young adult books. I was a late bloomer--didn't start writing until after I retired. My first novel, Letters in the Attic, won a Lambda Literary Award and then went on to be published in Chinese and Italian. My third book, The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye, was a 2011 Best Book for YA and received two starred reviews. You Know What You Have To Do will be published in March. I'm thrilled that it's already received nice endorsements:

"I wish--oh, how I wish--that I'd written this myself!" --Lois Duncan

"Dexter meets Judy Blume!" --Ellen Bass

"This is a thriller: fast-paced, bold, and raw" --Tim Wynne-Jones

"Frightening and Poignant" --Lesley Kagen

"It's a fast-moving tale with an engagingly complex protagonist." --Kirkus

"Is this American Psycho for teens?" --Booklist



I'm lucky to have discovered a second career. It's so exciting to know that people I've never met are reading my words.

My cocker spaniel, Matilda, helps me by listening as I read the day's work aloud to her. She doesn't give much feedback, though.

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My daughter & I recently started our own book club.
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This is a fantastic, fantastic upper middle grade novel - great for ages 10 and up - and really, it's one of those titles that adult book clubs should pick up, too.
L. K. Messner
This is a beautiful coming of age novel that brings to life the simplicity of childhood.
Library Lady

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. K. Messner on April 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
THE PRIVATE THOUGHTS OF AMELIA E. RYE has absolutely won my heart.

Just one true friend... That's all Amelia E. Rye's grandfather says she needs, and when Fancy Nelson comes to town, Amelia knows that it's true. Fancy is the first black kid Amelia's ever seen, and she seems to have everything that Amelia lacks...courage, no-holds-barred confidence, and unconditional love from her family. With Fancy beside her, the world looks a little different to Amelia, a little brighter, and a little braver.

This is a fantastic, fantastic upper middle grade novel - great for ages 10 and up - and really, it's one of those titles that adult book clubs should pick up, too. The characterization is as close to perfect as I've seen in a novel for kids, vivid and rich and never stereotypical, and the writing is just brilliant -- laugh-out-loud funny one moment and heartbreaking the next. I'm so thankful to have spent some time in Amelia's world and can't wait to share her with my students. This is a really special book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on April 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In a small town in New York in the 1960's lives Amelia Earhart Rye. She has no friends, her mother's mean, her father is MIA, her brother is in jail, and her sister is in an insane asylum. Her only bright piece of hope is her grandfather.

Her grandfather tells her all the time that she only needs one true friend to make her life better. When Fancy Nelson moves into town, the first African-American that Amelia has ever seen, the two become friends and Amelia begins to take a serious look at her home situation. As the two spend more and more time together, however, Amelia begins to see bullies cutting off Fancy's braids to insult her and other racial acts that are cruel.

Instead of being knocked down and offended by them, though, Fancy stands tall and looks on the bright side of things. Can Amelia take a page out of Fancy's book and rise above her situation, as well?

THE PRIVATE THOUGHTS OF AMELIA E. RYE is a touching coming-of-age novel. The characters are multi-dimensional and memorable. The plot is well-developed and engaging, and the message in the novel is timeless. Those who like historical fiction, coming-of-age stories, and friendship tales will all enjoy reading this book.

Reviewed by: Kira M
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By Library Lady on January 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye was a fantastic read! From the beginning I was hooked and I finished it while on desk in less than an hour! The characters were incredibly moving and their stories were filled with such heartache that you were thrilled when something good came from them. I laughed out loud, cried silently, and was so touched by this book that I went out and purchased 4 copies for my collection and for my colleagues. This is a beautiful coming of age novel that brings to life the simplicity of childhood.
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My daughter & I recently started our own book club. She picks the books and we both read and review them separately. I read this one first and found it to be a book that we can all relate to somehow. It will make your child think about real life situations, friendships, family, bullies, confidence and humor. Also, to be happy for the life they have. I highly reccommend this as an adult book club selection as well. It is funny and heartbreaking at the same time.
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