Sunday, October 28, 2012

Amelia Rules: Her Permanent Record (Book 8) by Jimmy Gownley –NOT RECOMMENDED

Gownley, Jimmy Amelia Rules: Her Permanent Record (Book 8) 160 pgs. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012. $8.79.  (Rating: G)
Amelia has a lot of roles –cheerleader, superhero, friend, and student. But when her Aunt Tanner goes missing, Amelia is panicked. She just knows that she can help. Luckily her best friends are there for her, and they take off by bus to a far-away town to look for her, based on Amelia’s hunch.
Does anyone else cringe when they hear about an elementary school aged cheerleader? Ugh! Not to mention the clandestine bus trip out of state!
The book started out  TOTALLY confusing, especially to a first time reader of this series - all of Amelia’s various ages and ‘roles’ talk together like a group of friends. The art style was a problem for me. I don’t think most people realize that comics are not that popular, its graphic novels that are what students want. This book was like old-fashioned comic book art of newspapers famous Family Circus. Boring. Students know the difference, most are used to top notch action packed graphics and innovative plots –which are often characteristics of graphic novels. On top all of that,  I thought the plot and character of Amelia were boring. So not a win if you are trying to incorporate graphic novels. See Zita the Spacegirl for a fantastic new series!
ELEMENTARY –NOT RECOMMENDED Reviewer: Stephanie School Librarian & Author.

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