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Amelia hits the road
Moss, Marissa.
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Publication Information:
Middleton, WI : Pleasant Co., 1999.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Ten-year-old Amelia keeps a journal of the summer car trip she takes with her mother and sister to Grand Canyon, Death Valley, and their California home town to visit Amelia's best friend.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.3 1.0 36590.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.5 3 Quiz: 00346 Guided reading level: NR.

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FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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Three classic Amelia books are available once again, now in a backpack-size format that's perfect for sharing with friends. Illustrations.

Author Notes

Marissa Moss began as an illustrator of children's books. She is the author and illustrator of the Amelia series. She has written and illustrated more than 20 children's books including Amelia's Notebook, which was named a 1997 American Booksellers Association Pick of the Lists book. Her other books include Regina's Big Mistake and Knick Knack Paddywack.

My Notebook (with Help from Amelia) also won the 2000 Parent Council Outstanding Award Informational and Oh Boy, Amelia! won the 2001 Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award and the 2002 Children's Choice Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-4, younger for reading aloud. In a sequel to Amelia's Notebook (1995) and Amelia Writes Again (1996), Moss sends spunky journal-keeper Amelia and her old-fashioned black-and-white-speckled composition book on a car trip through the Southwest with her mother and older sister. Amelia's mother insists that they "should enjoy the togetherness," but even her patience wears thin after hundreds of miles of listening to backseat bickering and off-key camp songs. The book is a facsimile of Amelia's notebook, in which she records her impressions of the Grand Canyon and Death Valley, as well as her disgust with her sister and her longing to see her old friend Nadia. There's more than enough toilet and carsickness humor, but Amelia sensitively describes the scenic vistas and new experiences as well. Amelia's drawings brighten every page of this lively journal, which readers will find just as readable and entertaining as the previous two. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5‘Amelia creates a travel notebook about a family car trip back to California to see Nadia, her best friend since kindergarten, stopping at the Grand Canyon and Yosemite on the way. Amid complaints about big sister, Cleo, Amelia ponders how much her friend has changed in the last year by drawing one picture of Nadia as she remembers her, and one picture of a bald Nadia, labeled with handwritten questions regarding her current hair length. As in the previous books about Amelia, the adorable diagrams that illustrate the child's witty observations will be pored over by readers. The diapers she draws for a mule as a means of keeping the Grand Canyon trails clean are a riot. Her descriptions of the scenery create a sense of being there. When the family stops at the site of Manzanar, the girl draws a barbed-wire fence with a speech bubble saying simply, "I'm mad." The story climaxes with the long-awaited reunion with Nadia. Sweet reminiscences of Amelia's Notebook (Tricycle, 1995) show the girls wearing matching friendship necklaces and doing the experiments from a science kit Nadia promised to save until Amelia's first visit. This book will delight long-time fans and draw new ones. Once again, Moss proves that journal writing is great fun.‘Jackie Hechtkopf, Talent House School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.