Saturday, August 23, 2014

Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer Holm

Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm is a frontier story set in a community of Finnish immigrants Washington State.

May Amelia has seven brothers, but not a single sister. She can keep up with the boys, but doing so often gets her in trouble, especially from her father. But why should the boys get to have all the fun, just because May Amelia is supposed to be learning how to be a proper young lady?

This story combines lighthearted moments of humor with themes of surprising depth as May Amelia experiences both the joys and the hardships of frontier living. I can see the episodic nature of the story making for good classroom reading, but the lack of a narrative arc makes it seem a bit disjointed at times. Still, readers who enjoy tales of plucky heroines of days gone by are sure to enjoy this book.

(Reviewed from an e-audiobook borrowed through my library system.)

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