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When The Past Is A Present [Library Binding]

Jimmy Gownley

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Book Description

Jan. 26 2010 Amelia Rules! (Pb)
Meet Amelia Louise McBride. She’s been forced to move out of Manhattan after her parents decided to get divorced, and is now living in a small town (who cares which one) with her mom and her aunt, Tanner. Not to mention the fact that she’s dealing with being the new kid in school, many trips to the principal’s office, first kisses, etc. But you know what? She’s got her friends Reggie, Rhonda, and Pajamaman, and everything’s going to be okay. Except, of course, when it isn’t.

In this fourth installment of Amelia Rules!, Amelia discovers a box of old photos and learns a thing or two about love, rebellion, and what it means to be a family.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Library Binding: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Back Books; Reprint edition (Jan. 26 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606145133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606145138
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g

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Review

"Screamingly funny." -- Megan McDonald, author of the Judy Moody series --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jimmy Gownley began writing and drawing comics at the age of fifteen. He is an advocate for kids’ comics, having co-founded the organization Kids Love Comics, which works to promote comic books and graphic novels as a valuable tool for literacy and education in schools, libraries, and at home. He lives with his wife Karen and their twin daughters, Stella and Anna, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great chapter in the "Amelia Rules" saga June 10 2010
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Amelia Rules, v.4: When The Past Is A Present"
Written and Illustrated by Jimmy Gownley
(Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2010)
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This is the fourth volume in the "Amelia Rules" graphic novel series, about a headstrong young girl who lives in a bucolic suburb and plays with her friends, who are into playing "superhero," but maybe a little more into it than most kids would be. The new book starts with Amelia and her peeps moving up into fifth grade, while their problems and perspectives begin shifting along with them.

This book follows a delicious initial three-volume story arc that had an air of finality to it, and while we are glad to see Amelia and her friends again, cartoonist Jimmy Gownley has to do a little extra lifting to get the series started up again. A couple of the episodes seem a little forced, exploring big, boldly defined, occasionally dark themes that interrupt the soft, slow flow of the series. One story stands out, in which one girl's father, a captain in the Marines, is deployed abroad (to an unnamed country) and while the girl's heart breaks, the world still doesn't stop. It's a sentimental, self-consciously topical story, but in the end, emotionally resonant and doubtless appreciated by readers with connections to the military. Also of note is the title story, "When The Past Is A Present," in which Gownley shows off his skills as a graphic artist, mimicking various old newspaper strips -- "Gasoline Alley," "Brenda Starr," "Terry And The Pirates," "Peanuts" -- while telling Amelia's family history, then cleverly bringing it all together in a puzzle in the final pages. The artistic triumph is both intuitive and technical, and builds on the series' themes of nostalgic regret, bittersweet acceptance and playful adventurousness... Meanwhile, Amelia goes out on a date (with a boy! and dancing!) and slowly becomes more reflective about her life and her relationships t family and friends. Another fine volume in this classy comicbook series. (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)

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