Parents' Guide to

The Trouble with May Amelia

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Spunky heroine returns for less deep, more violent sequel.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Very sad book

My 9 year old daughter says this book is super sad. It's a good story, so she finished the book, but was so saddened that she didn't understand why it had been recommended to her. Perhaps more appropriate for older readers.
age 9+

May Amelia is back in another great book.

Great book. I really liked both Only May Amelia and the Trouble With May Amelia. This was a good second book. It might be difficult to handle because of the cruelty toward May Amelia by her dad. I really liked the little cousin because she was a stinker, but May was jealous of her because of the attention that her dad gave her. D-Rae, age 9

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This sequel has a compelling premise, and May Amelia remains a lovable, tragic, and funny character. Holm again captures the complicated flavor of life along the Nasel River among the Finnish immigrants, especially among this prideful farming family. Their world is harsh and cold, yet somehow fun and loving. There, May Amelia finds one adventure -- or misadventure -- after the next. Holm relates her tragedies -- big and small -- with both humor and poetry.  

Though this second May Amelia book can stand alone, it's better when
read after the first, which gives it an even fuller historical
perspective (and a map of the area, not included in this installment). The sequel seems lighter and less rich than the first -- a Newbery Honor book -- focusing this time primarily on the family's squabbles. Even so, it's an engaging story with wisdom to impart. Fans of Our Only May Amelia will certainly find plenty to enjoy in this sequel.

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