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Amelia's Middle-School Graduation Yearbook

By Amanda May Dundas, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun illustrated "journal" explores early teen anxieties.

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Author-illustrator Marissa Moss easily captures the voice of a teen girl, and the writing and illustrations have a very realistic feel. Amelia's Middle-School Graduation Yearbook is filled with all the teen angst you'd expect in a middle schooler's diary but with less melodrama and more humor. Amelia is an ordinary kid and is easily likable; many tweens and young teens will relate to the issues she's dealing with as she transitions to high school. Anyone who's suffered through the agonies of middle school will easily empathize with Amelia, who frets about falling to the bottom of the school social hierarchy as a high school freshman.

Any kid dealing with similar social concerns (and really, in middle school, who doesn't?) will take comfort in Amelia's writing. The journal itself is inspirational, as Amelia works out many of her problems and feels less scared about her future. Don't be surprised if your child asks for a composition notebook of her own.

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