True Things by Jimmy Gownley
(Adults Don't Want Kids to Know) (Amelia Rules)

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Meet Amelia Louise McBride. She was forced to move out of Manhattan after her parents decided to get divorced, and is now living in a small town. She’s survived being the new kid, multiple trips to the principal’s office, and even her first kiss. But it remains to be seen if she’ll survive turning eleven!

The sixth volume starts with a bang: a huge birthday party featuring surprise guests and a special song from Aunt Tanner! It all seems too good to be true, until it turns out . . . it is. Suddenly, Amelia’s friends are fighting all the time. She gets the worst report card of her life. And when she finally musters the guts to tell a certain boy how she feels about him, she brutally learns why it’s called a “crush.” Aunt Tanner would know just what to do—if she were around. But with her new album and maybe a new boyfriend, she doesn’t seem to have time for Amelia anymore.

There are some tough lessons to learn when you’re eleven, and things may not always turn out as planned. But who says that has to be a bad thing?

About Jimmy Gownley

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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.
Published October 19, 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 176 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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With everything going so right, things are bound to take a turn, and, predictably, they do: Kyle brings another girl to Aunt Tanner’s concert, Aunt Tanner and Amelia’s mom get into a huge fight and, in trying to help Aunt Tanner find what she’s looking for, Amelia may have inadvertently lost her.

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Amelia is turning 11 years old and is in for a big surprise at her birthday party, which she is dreading.

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The book begins with a fun birthday party for Amelia (the surprise guest is Amelia’s Aunt Tanner, a former rock star who, throughout the book, struggles with her creativity while encouraging Amelia to explore her own).

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The Trades

Amelia Louise McBride describes journal writing as "self-obsessed whining."

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