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The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye

The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Bonnie Shimko

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  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Format: Hardback | 234 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 25mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 13 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0374361312
  • ISBN 13: 9780374361310
  • Sales rank: 1,271,216

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“All a person needs in life is one true friend.”So says Grandpa Thomas, the only member of Amelia’s family who cares about her one bit. That true friend finally arrives when Fancy Nelson, the first Negro kid Amelia has ever seen in person, walks into her fourth grade classroom. As Fancy’s special sort of magic rubs off on Amelia, she slowly comes to understand her trainwreck family and her place in it—and Fancy discovers a surprising secret about her own past.

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Bonnie Shimko's previous books include "Letters in the Attic "(978-0897335638), which won the Lambda Literary Award for Young Adults in 2002. She lives in Plattsburgh, New York.

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By TeensReadToo 24 Apr 2011 5

In a small town in New York in the 1960's lives Amelia Earhart Rye. She has no friends, her mother's mean, her father is MIA, her brother is in jail, and her sister is in an insane asylum. Her only bright piece of hope is her grandfather.

Her grandfather tells her all the time that she only needs one true friend to make her life better. When Fancy Nelson moves into town, the first African-American that Amelia has ever seen, the two become friends and Amelia begins to take a serious look at her home situation. As the two spend more and more time together, however, Amelia begins to see bullies cutting off Fancy's braids to insult her and other racial acts that are cruel.

Instead of being knocked down and offended by them, though, Fancy stands tall and looks on the bright side of things. Can Amelia take a page out of Fancy's book and rise above her situation, as well?

THE PRIVATE THOUGHTS OF AMELIA E. RYE is a touching coming-of-age novel. The characters are multi-dimensional and memorable. The plot is well-developed and engaging, and the message in the novel is timeless. Those who like historical fiction, coming-of-age stories, and friendship tales will all enjoy reading this book.

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"I loved this book, I couldn't put it down. It was heartwarming and filled with the clarity of innoncence. A real page-turner." --Sara Gruen, author of "Water for Elephants ""The intricate storylines come together and create a wonderful read." "-- Library Media Connection""Shimko's story is original, and Amelia's distinctive voice and likable nature will have readers rooting for her in times of trouble and cheering her ultimate good fortune. The happy ending is immensely satisfying." "-- Publishers Weekly"