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Our Only May Amelia (1999)

av Jennifer L. Holm

Serier: May Amelia (1)

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As the only girl in a Finnish American family of seven brothers, May Amelia Jackson resents being expected to act like a lady while growing up in Washington state in 1899.
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
May Amelia lives with her parents and seven older brothers on their Washington state homestead in the late 1800's. She struggles against the idea that she should learn to be a proper young lady and that she's not supposed to do all the things her brothers can, and hopes that the baby her mother is carrying will be another girl so that she won't feel so alone.
Think Little House on the Prairie, but with Finnish immigrants in the Northwest. If you like Wilder's books, chances are good that you'd enjoy this one, too, which Holm wrote based on her great-aunt's actual diary entries. ( )
  electrascaife | Nov 16, 2019 |
I do love May Amelia's voice. Storytelling at it's finest. ( )
  RobertaLea | Jun 14, 2019 |
The lack of quotation marks makes for some confusion, but author Jennifer Holm does an excellent job creating the voice and setting of this novel, based on the experience of her great-grandmother at the end of the nineteenth century. ( )
  ErinMa | Feb 22, 2019 |
May Amelia is a Finnish immigrant girl in 1899 in a small wilderness town in the Washington state area. Her father is rough, and she has a mess of brothers but no sisters. She doesn't much care for being a girl because boys have all the fun. One of her brothers is good to her, but most of them just give her grief. The book is a collection of sub-plots involving a purely evil grandmother, an older brother who may have been shanghaied, a murderer on the loose, the dangers of the logging operation upriver, and many more.
Over all, excellent. But I must offer this one criticism: It took me a while to get comfortable reading it, because the author rarely uses commas, frequently capitalizes words that shouldn't be capitalized, and worst of all, doesn't use quotation marks at all! Sometimes I found it awkward to figure out if May was talking to the reader, or talking out loud to someone else, or if someone else was doing the talking. ( )
  fingerpost | Aug 29, 2017 |
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Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1999)
May Amelia, the feisty lovable heroine of Helm's fetching novel, "ain't no proper young lady." A 12-year-old girl with an adventurous spirit and "a nose for trouble," May Amelia is the youngest of eight children and the only girl. Life in the rough world of logging camps and farming in the wilderness of the state of Washington in 1899 is not easy, and May Amelia and her brothers have to work hard to keep farm and family going. May Amelia dreams of being a sailor and traveling to China, but is hampered by everyone, especially her strict Finnish-born father, who is always yelling at her for "doing what the boys are doing." The book chronicles May Amelia's adventures with her brothers, a brush with a wild bear, conflicts with her mean-tempered grandmother, and the long-awaited birth of a baby sister who later dies in her sleep. The story, which is episodic and somewhat shapeless, careens along before stopping without much resolution. Still, the robust characterizations captivate, the lilting dialogue twangs, and the sharply individual first-person narrative gives the material authority and polish.
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