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Amelia takes command
Moss, Marissa.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Middleton, WI : Pleasant Co. Publications, 1999.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
After successfully commanding the Discovery shuttle mission at Space Camp, Amelia returns to fifth grade where she deals with the bully who has been making her life miserable.
Reading Level:
630 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.1 1.0 41263.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.2 3 Quiz: 18833 Guided reading level: NR.

Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
X Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Open Shelf

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Amelia's notebooks entertain readers with great stories about the ups and downs of growing up, told from the perspective of an inquisitive, insightful 10-year-old girl. What's more, her witty words and whimsical doodles encourage girls to express their creativity by drawing and writing about their own lives.

Amelia escapes a classroom bully when she heads off to Space Camp with her friend Nadia. But she discovers that there are bullies in outer space, too.

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^-5. Amelia's many fans will welcome the latest in the series of fictional journals, in her own handwriting, including Amelia's Notebook (1995), Amelia Writes Again (1996), and Amelia Hits the Road (1997). As fifth grade begins, Amelia struggles with two unexpected problems, an inconstant friend and a constant bully. Spending winter break at Space Camp with her old friend Nadia, Amelia works hard, learns a lot, and develops her skills as a leader. The confidence she gains as commander of a mock shuttle mission gives her the boost she needs to meet the more down-to-earth challenges back at school. The freshness of Amelia's voice is reflected in the small ink-and-watercolor illustrations of drawings, pictures, and souvenirs that brighten every page. Capturing the ups and downs of a child's life with sympathy and wisdom as well as humor, this entertaining book makes journal writing look like fun. Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Amelia's latest journal provides another winning glimpse into the life of a funny and likable contemporary child. In this fourth title in the series, the girl is beginning fifth grade and is the target of the class bully. Through candid notebook entries and lively, captioned drawings, readers share Amelia's frustration and anger at being ostracized and cheer when she gains the necessary confidence at Space Camp to stand up to her intimidator back home. The engaging format resembles a hand-written, blue-lined composition book filled with full-color childlike drawings. Amelia's comments range from typical elementary school humor ("Just pretend Hilary is a giant booger. Then you won't care what she says or does") to the whimsical (fashion rating: "Bad socks, D-") to the more serious. With its hook for the voyeur in us all, a format that keeps the pages turning, and an "every girl" who vanquishes the ubiquitous bully, this satisfying read is right on target.-Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.