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Our Only May Amelia By Jennifer L. Holm Our Only May Amelia It isn t easy being a pioneer in the state of Washington in but it s particularly hard when you are the only girl ever born in the new settlement With seven older brothers and a love of adventur

  • Title: Our Only May Amelia
  • Author: Jennifer L. Holm
  • ISBN: 9780064408561
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • Our Only May Amelia By Jennifer L. Holm It isn t easy being a pioneer in the state of Washington in 1899, but it s particularly hard when you are the only girl ever born in the new settlement With seven older brothers and a love of adventure, May Amelia Jackson just can t seem to abide her family s insistence that she behave like a Proper Young Lady She s sure she could do better if only there were at least onIt isn t easy being a pioneer in the state of Washington in 1899, but it s particularly hard when you are the only girl ever born in the new settlement With seven older brothers and a love of adventure, May Amelia Jackson just can t seem to abide her family s insistence that she behave like a Proper Young Lady She s sure she could do better if only there were at least one other girl living along the banks of the Nasel River And now that Mama s going to have a baby, maybe there s hope.Inspired by the diaries of her great aunt, the real May Amelia, first time novelist Jennifer Holm has given us a beautifully crafted tale of one young girl whose unique spirit captures the courage, humour, passion and depth of the American pioneer experience Newbery Honour Book USA , 2000Ages 10
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    1. Manybooks on said:

      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 of an issue, are proving to be even infuriating and annoying Fo [...]

    2. Jenni on said:

      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 had hea [...]

    3. Josiah on said:

      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 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 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 families we kn [...]

    4. Molly Staron on said:

      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 I told [...]

    5. K. on said:

      Wow Picked this up randomly at my in law swhat a treasure I laughed and I cried.d did both some 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, heartbreaking and difficult to b [...]

    6. Kelsi Nelson on said:

      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 is firsthan [...]

    7. Patricia on said:

      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 family [...]

    8. Jennifer on said:

      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 guidance [...]

    9. Liz on said:

      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 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.

    10. Michael Fitzgerald on said:

      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 book with a few w [...]

    11. Starry on said:

      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 history The [...]

    12. Mark Valentine on said:

      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 Huck Finn [...]

    13. Erin Reilly-Sanders on said:

      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 unexplored s [...]

    14. Carrie Snider on said:

      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.

    15. Christina on said:

      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.

    16. joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire* on said:

      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.

    17. Mark Castrique on said:

      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 resolution, but overall a finely drawn portrait of twelve year old girl in Finnish farming community on Naselle River.

    18. Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) on said:

      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

    19. Anne on said:

      This was a lovely read Thank you to Anna, my goddaughter who lent the book to me.

    20. Jessica on said:

      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 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 and her brig [...]

    21. S on said:

      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 though the [...]

    22. LobsterQuadrille on said:

      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 likable a [...]

    23. Carrie on said:

      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 the [...]

    24. Andrea Cabrera on said:

      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 mischiev [...]

    25. Brooke on said:

      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 felt choppy [...]

    26. Carissa on said:

      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 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 possible as for the [...]

    27. Rob on said:

      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 overall d [...]

    28. Devin on said:

      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 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 and real bad Mayb [...]

    29. Sienna on said:

      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 great ran [...]

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