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The Whole World's Crazy (Amelia Rules!
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Jimmy Gownley began writing and drawing comics at the age of fifteen. He is an advocate for kids' comics, having cofounded 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. Jimmy Gownley began writing and drawing comics at the age of fifteen. He is an advocate for kids' comics, having cofounded 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.

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Nine-year-old Amelia McBride's parents have just divorced, and she and her mom now live in a new town with her Aunt Tanner, a Bob Dylan-quoting rock musician. Amelia makes some new friends-nutty superhero-in-training Reggie, loudmouth Rhonda, and the totally silent Pajamaman-only to discover on the first day of school that they're the school's geeks and, by association, so is she. This book, previously published by Renaissance Press as Amelia Rules: In with the Out Crowd, is side-splittingly hilarious while also dealing sensitively with the problems that children of divorce face. With a Peanuts-like look and Charles Schulz's impeccable comic timing, a Calvin and Hobbes sort of attitude, and even a Yellow Kid homage (in Pajamaman's ever-changing chest emblems), this will appeal to the broader audience of comic strip readers as well as to comic book fans. (Only one small complaint: someone should check the spelling.) Throw in a wonderful Christmas story, which should be turned into an animated special immediately, and an Eisner Award nomination for best title for a younger audience, and the result is a book highly recommended for all ages and all libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"A Peanuts for the twenty-first century." -- Comics Buyer's Guide
"Side-splittingly hilarious." -- Library Journal
"Amelia is the most lovable smart-aleck since Peanuts' Lucy...sure to put you in a tickle-your-funnybone mood!" -- Megan McDonald, author of the Judy Moody series
"Amelia's family and friends will take up permanent residence in your heart." -- Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle, creators of Kim Possible

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