The Trouble with May Amelia

Illustrated by Adam Gustavson

About The Book

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 The Author

Photo courtesy of the author

Jenni Holm is the Newbery Honor-winning author of Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise, and the BabyMouse graphic novel series. She lives in Northern California with her family.

About The Illustrator

Adam Gustavson is a graduate of Rowan University and the Master of Fine Arts Illustration program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In addition to illustrating picture books, he currently teaches at Passaic County Community College and Seton Hall University. He lives and paints in West Orange, New Jersey, with his wife, their children, several guitars, and a ferret named Gracie.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 1, 2012)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416913740
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12

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Awards and Honors

  • Keystone to Reading Book Award Master List (PA)
  • California Collections
  • Parents' Choice Award Silver Medal
  • ALA Notable Book
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title

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