The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer Holm

80%

13 Critic Reviews

Readers who enjoyed the first novel should embrace May Amelia again and may well believe that the only “trouble” with her is that the sequel didn’t happen sooner.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

The long-awaited and highly anticipated sequel to the Newbery Honor winner Our Only May Amelia, by the bestselling and cherished author Jennifer Holm.

May Amelia Jackson captured readers’ hearts in the Newbery Honor Book Our Only May Amelia. Now, after more than ten years, Jennifer Holm is bringing this beloved character back in a beautifully written story that’s both heartbreaking and hilarious.
     May Amelia lives with her pioneer family on a farm in 1900, but she just can’t act the part of a proper young lady—and it doesn’t help that she has seven brothers and a Pappa who proclaim that Girls Are Useless. May Amelia jumps at the chance to earn her father’s respect when he asks her to translate for a gentleman who’s interested in buying their land and making them rich. But when the deal turns out to be a scam, Pappa places all the blame on May. It’s going to take a lot of sisu—that’s Finnish for guts—to make things right.
 

About Jennifer Holm

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JENNIFER L. HOLM is the New York Times bestselling author of three Newbery Honor Books, as well as the co-creator of the Babymouse and Squish series which she collaborates on with her brother Matthew Holm.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published April 5, 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 226 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 13 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 05 2011

Readers who enjoyed the first novel should embrace May Amelia again and may well believe that the only “trouble” with her is that the sequel didn’t happen sooner.

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Chicago Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Chicago Tribune on Jan 01 2011

Short chapters, a likable narrator, and good details combine to make this a lively read or read-aloud.

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School Library Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by School Library on Nov 22 2011

If you’ve a temptation to read something that will make you indignant on behalf of the heroine, seek ye no further than this. A right ribald little novel sure to gain new fans.

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Book Nut

Below average
Reviewed by Book Nut on Jun 20 2011

Like Our Only May Amelia, there's not a whole lot of plot; it's essentially just snippets from May Amelia's life.

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Slate Breakers

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Nov 07 2011

Jennifer Holm is one of the best in the business when it comes to writing historical fiction.

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Dog Ear

Good
Reviewed by Nicole Politi on Mar 17 2011

This three-time Newbery Honor author does it again with a poignant follow-up to a contemporary classic. A definite addition to my 2012 Mock Newbery list.

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Hope is the Word

Good
Reviewed by Hope Word on May 30 2011

If you enjoy a good adventure with a strong female protagonist (but in which the girl-power theme isn’t overdone), you’ll enjoy this one.

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Dreaming of Books

Good
Reviewed by Dreaming Books on May 13 2011

There were lots of happy, laugh out loud moments involving May Amelia.

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Eva's Book Addiction

Good
Reviewed by Eva M on Apr 24 2011

Highly recommended for readers ages 9 to 13 who enjoy quirky historical fiction with tough yet tender heroines.

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Fourth Musketeer

Good
Reviewed by Margo Tanenbaum on May 31 2011

She's one of those characters who stays with you long after you've finished her story.

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Great Kid Books

Good
Reviewed by Mary Scheuer on Apr 03 2011

May Amelia's spirit and voice shines through on every page. I loved the first person narrative that Holm created - this reads aloud in my head just as if May Amelia is talking right to me.

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Read, Write, Reflect

Good
Reviewed by Katherine Sokolowski on Dec 02 2011

Jenni Holm's writing amazes me. How she can create one book after another full of characters that you can connect to, awesome.

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Mr. H Reads

Good
Reviewed by Mr. H on Apr 26 2011

When Newbery discussions heat up this winter, I fully expect THE TROUBLE WITH MAY AMELIA to be brought up. Not having read this book's predecessor, I can now attest to its ability to "stand alone".

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