Our Only May Amelia

Our Only May Amelia Twelve year old May Amelia is too busy chasing sheep fishing for salmon and keeping pace with the antics of her seven Finnish brothers to bother wearing a dress or scrubbing behind her ears Unfortun

  • Title: Our Only May Amelia
  • Author: Jennifer L. Holm
  • ISBN: 9780807282342
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Audio Cassette
  • Twelve year old May Amelia is too busy chasing sheep, fishing for salmon, and keeping pace with the antics of her seven Finnish brothers to bother wearing a dress or scrubbing behind her ears Unfortunately, she s being pressured to clean up her act It seems like everyone is conspiring to make me a Proper Young Lady, she observes in frustration I do not think being aTwelve year old May Amelia is too busy chasing sheep, fishing for salmon, and keeping pace with the antics of her seven Finnish brothers to bother wearing a dress or scrubbing behind her ears Unfortunately, she s being pressured to clean up her act It seems like everyone is conspiring to make me a Proper Young Lady, she observes in frustration I do not think being a proper Young Lady sounds like any fun at all The old fashioned language in this historical novel seems strained at times, and the quirky use of capital letters is an unnecessary distraction, but this book is still a lot of fun Why For one thing, the story is set in the far, untamed reaches of the West at the turn of the 20th century, and offers encounters with Chinook Indians, dark forests, and the twists and turns of the Nasel River And then there is May Amelia as headstrong as rushing water, and the only female born on this stretch of the river since her family can remember She is known when she s not deep into trouble as the Miracle Will this feisty female ever settle down and become the little lady everyone expects her to be Will her pregnant mother give birth to another girl so May Amelia can finally have a sister You ll have to read the whole story to find out Ages 10 and older Maria Dolan

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    1. Jennifer L Holm is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling children s author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA, PENNY FROM HEAVEN, and TURTLE IN PARADISE Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on two graphic novel series the Eisner Award winning Babymouse series and the bestselling Squish series She is also the author of several other highly praised books, including the Boston Jane trilogy and MIDDLE SCHOOL IS WORSE THAN MEATLOAF She lives in California with her husband and two children.

    2. Aside from the fact that both the general writing style and especially the frustrating and annoying lack of quotation marks found in Jennifer L. Holm's Our Only May Amelia continuously manage to grate on my academic and yes, perhaps even a bit grammatically anal and obsessive nerves (and that this lack is both distracting and at times rather confusing), the constant and heavy-duty historical anachronisms that seem to abound are even more of an issue, are proving to be even more infuriating and a [...]

    3. My mom's been married a few times now, and I can honestly say that not much good has come out of the multiple stepfathers I've dealt with. There is one notable exception: my first stepfather, when I was maybe 8 years old, randomly decided to give my sister and I a present each. He put his hands behind his back and told us to each pick a side, and then presented us each with our own book. My sister got "Because of Winn Dixie" and I got this book. I remember being disappointed at first, because I [...]

    4. There are so few books out there that have really hit me like a hard punch in the gut that the emotions of the experience are always compounded by the surprise. To stir up complex and dynamic real emotion in a human heart by nothing more than the trails of ink on the page of a novel is an accomplishment that almost defies reason. How could a made-up story have more of an impact on us than most of what we live through on a daily basis? How could we become so invested in the lives of fictional fam [...]

    5. Book Talk: Our Only May AmeliaPeople keep asking me to tell them about my sister, May Amelia. Well, Grandmother Patience says she is a trouble maker and a hellion, but then again Grandmother Patience is just plain evil. Yes, May Amelia does have a knack for getting into sticky situations. Like the time she got treed by a mother bear while out trying to catch that fugitive. We had to search all night for her. She never listens when Pappa forbids her to do something and she's downright pigheaded. [...]

    6. Wow! Picked this up randomly at my in-law'swhat a treasure! I laughed and I cried.d& did both some more. It runs the full gamut of emotions. The style is fun, as if written by a 12 yo girl of little education but a fair bit of common sense, truth and wit. I love that this book was inspired by the author's grand-aunt, and her family history in general. That's just cool. May Amelia could be an unforgettable character (I guess we'll see, eh?). This book deals with very real issues, heartbreakin [...]

    7. Like May Amelia, I grew up in a Finnish-American family in Naselle (the extra "le" was added in the early twentieth century). This story, through it's heartache, always manages to bring me to a happy place. As May Amelia travels throughout the valley, across the rivers and over to Astoria, my heart follows her along in familiarity. Jennifer Holm captured the area--the culture, the scenery--and from it, has brought to life the memories of her great-aunt May. Whether your connection to the story i [...]

    8. I heard Jennifer speak at IRC. Once about Penny from Heaven, a serious look at her family's history, and another with her brother, Matthew, complete with song, dance, voices, and sketching. Ying Chang Compestine isn't the only author who switches genre and mood, going for light and humorous when the serious work weights them down.Our Amelia MayJennifer L. HolmNewbery Honor BookALA Notable BookParents’ Choice Silver AwardJennifer L. Holm weaves a phenomenal story from artifacts and handed-down [...]

    9. On the outside, this seemed like a light and fun readT! Very emotionally charged with birth, death, first love, recognizing parents' limitations, struggling for survival, racial tensions, suicidal thoughtsh! We certainly had a lot to talk about, but I chose it as a fun read-aloud. I also did not care for the fact that the author chose to use no punctuation to indicate dialogue. This makes reading aloud a huge challenge. Definitely not for anyone under 9 or 10, and I think it needs a 'parental gu [...]

    10. Loved this book. Like an updated version of Little House on the Prairie. About May Amelia, a headstrong eleven year old growing up in the wilderness of Washington state in 1899. Great portrayal of pioneer life. Super likable, relatable protagonist. I liked this book even more when I read the author's note and found out that this is the author's interpretation of her great aunt's life. This would make a great read aloud.

    11. Disappointed in this book. The writing is juvenile. Maybe that's intentional, but it's not appealing. The incessant repeating of "indeed" "truly" and the godawful catchphrases "our only __" or "the only ___ we've got" really grate on the nerves. There is virtually no Finnish culture incorporated (the only examples are random mentions of food). One gets no sense of these immigrants' heritage. Also, like Holm's Depression-era book, there is no sense of the time period. It reads like a contemporary [...]

    12. This juvenile historical fiction is based on the life of the author's great-aunt and takes place around the year 1900 in Washington state. Pros: The setting and time are interesting -- you learn about the culture of Finnish settlers (so many that everyone in the area learned Finnish and continued speaking it until the 1930s), lumber camps, salmon fishing, sailors, and rough frontier towns. Cons: The plot seemed contrived, as if the author were trying to include every bit of local culture and his [...]

    13. Anecdotal, schmaltzy, and inaccurate. Inaccurate because Holm writes about May Amelia petting two black bear cubs in the wild before the mother spots her and chases her up a tree. Come on! Outrunning a black bear! and an enraged mother at that! Or how about the place where Holm writes about the mouth of the Columbia River freezing over one night as if it were Lake Frigid! And this is supposed to be a historical novel!Schmaltzy because May Amelia's character is crafted as if she were a female Huc [...]

    14. Let's see In general I rather liked this book. It had a charming voice to the narration with a generally likeable protagonist. It fit together very nicely with themes connecting throughout the book such as the Chinook baby, the new babydoll, and Baby Amy. The foreshadowing felt so subtle that I'm not sure that it was useful while reading despite being interesting to look back upon toward the end. Some interesting things are sort of bumped into, possibly in a "good" way, but generally left unexpl [...]

    15. I almost put this down, since it was written how a young girl thought and not proper grammar. I'm glad I kept reading! Once I got into the rhythm of it, it was easier to read. I loved the main character. She was so funny. There were heart-warming times, and also sad times. I was never bored and always interested in what might happen. The fact that it was based on a real person and a real place is a huge plus.

    16. I struggled with this book at first because the author doesn't use quotation marks for dialogue. This is because it is supposed to be the journal of a Finnish immigrant girl. After I got over the lack of punctuation, I really enjoyed it. The book has such a powerful place of sense and time. It's set in Oregon, and I loved feeling like I was in the west, reading about something my ancestors might have experienced. Excellent read.

    17. witty, hilarious, heartbreaking, and hopefuli loved the use of caps to emphasize exact phrasing. loved all may amelia's brothers and family. loved the unique finnish pioneer setting. highly recommended for 11 and up. PG with two disturbing deaths in her family, some peril, and a bitter, nasty, hateful grandmother who reminds me of a former step-grandma of mine.

    18. Interesting coming-of-age YA novel set in 1898 in frontier of Washington State. Material is drawn from author's great aunt's diary which gives an authenticity of voice. Some dramatic story lines could have had more resolution, but overall a finely drawn portrait of twelve-year-old girl in Finnish farming community on Naselle River.

    19. Jenni Holm does a great job in writing girl characters that are spunky, funny, and able to win you over. I loved this story about a young girl in 1899 Washington State. Can't wait to dive into the next book The Trouble with May Amelia

    20. Can't remember why I originally had the sequel The Trouble with May Amelia, on my to-read list; but I always put off reading it because I wanted to start with the first book, this one, and it's not available on kindle. Then I got amazon prime and that meant free shipping and the paperback was pretty reasonable so I got it and here I am finally finished reading a book I intended to read in Aug 2011. Isn't that fascinating? I thought so. Likes: I immediately fell in love with May. I love her voice [...]

    21. I am part of a mother daughter book club and this was our January book selection.This was a wonderful read by an author, Jennifer Holm, that I am now familiar with, since we have now read a few of her books in our book club; "The Fourteenth Goldfish" and "Turtle in Paradise, both of which I loved and would highly recommend.This novel was Ms. Holm's debut in the world of children's literature and right off the bat, she won a Newberry Honor in 2000. It is children's historical fiction and so thoug [...]

    22. I love historical fiction, and I love children's literature, and Our Only May Amelia is a very satisfying combination of the two. May Amelia Jackson, a tomboyish Finnish-American girl, is a nicely developed and relatable character who really brought the story to life. I loved her narrative voice, and I loved reading about her many misadventures from her rural home on the Nasel River to her aunt's luxurious house in Astoria, Oregon. There is a diverse cast of supporting characters, who are likabl [...]

    23. I don't really understand how this book can be considered "fun." I mean, May Amelia constantly wondering why her father doesn't like her and why her cousin hates her and everyone telling her she can't do things because she's not a boy was bad enough, but then her completely heinous grandmother shows up and starts in with your standard level beating with a cane because May Amelia can't make tea, and then, for the depressing cherry on the sundae of depressing, then her grandmother blames her for t [...]

    24. May Amelia is a tomboy growing up with lots of brothers along the Nasal river in the late 1800's. May is always getting into trouble and doesn't want to be the 'proper young lady' that folks seem to think she should. Her mother is always on her to clean up her act, and is trying to raise her to be the ideal woman any man would want. Although Amelia doesn’t want to be like other girls, she simply wants to be herself a girl who is able to express herself in all different kinds of ways. She is a [...]

    25. I really wanted to like this book historical fiction, based in the Pacific Northwest, an outdoorsy tomboy main character - these are ingredients that say it's a perfect book for me (and my daughter). Sadly, neither of us liked it that much. 2.5 stars was what we decided. First, I just don't understand why the author chose to use no punctuation (or any indication at all, actually) for dialogue. It was confusing and did not add anything to the story. Second, I don't think the story flowed well. It [...]

    26. maybe i’m getting cranky. i didn’t really like this book much either. may doesn’t use quotation marks ever and is quite liberal with capital letters used to make things seem more important. i’m all for stylistic writing, but this was occasionally confusing and that’s me reading it as an adult. plus, after trying to teach high school freshmen how to use quotation marks and them being clueless about it, i’m all about exposing readers to standardized punctuation and spelling as much as [...]

    27. I'd rate it higher but for the narrator who does a perfectly fine job emoting but can't balance her volume well (turn it up, turn it down, turn it up, etc). This has plenty of things I like: Homesteading in Washington, a young girl trying to make it in a world of boys, lots of siblings with character, etc. so it sounded like gold. For the most part, it is. I'd highly recommend it to someone who likes Anne of Green Gables or Little House on the Prairie. It's episodic and doesn't really have any o [...]

    28. My eight year old daughter and I listened to this audiobook. She said she would have given it five stars, but I am giving three. I enjoyed the historical parts of the book (the Finnish community in Washington state along the Naselle River in 1899) and the strong spirited protagonist. I wished the mom had played a more important part, Amelia Mae's age didn't seem to fit her in parts (too young and too old), and the author used the word "real" in a lot of parts, which grated on me - "real awful" a [...]

    29. Very good juvenile historical fiction story told from the point of view of a spunky tomboy named May Amelia Jackson who is one of the early Finnish settlers living with her family in the untamed land surrounding the Nasel river in Washington. The realistic and exciting adventures she experiences as a 12-yr-old and sister to seven older brothers are heartwarming, intriguing, and humorous. May Amelia will make you laugh, that's for sure. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone ages 9+. It has a grea [...]

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