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Amelia's Notebook (Amelia's Notebooks #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  4,624 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
When Amelia's mom givs her a journal for her ninth birthday, Amelia has a place to share her truest feelings at last!
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Beckie Coldiron
" Amelia's Notebook" was definitely one of my absolute favorite books in fourth grade! Marissa Moss does an excellent job creating a book that reads just like your reading out of someone's journal. Besides the fun text she incorporates, she also includes hilarious pictures which help make the book even better. I will definitely implement this in my classroom library because it definitely encouraged me to use creativity in my writing, and I'm sure it'll encourage other children. I also would love ...more
Stephanie Rodriguez
Sep 29, 2015 Stephanie Rodriguez rated it really liked it
***Spoiler Alert*** Have you ever had to move to a new school and move from your best friend? The genre of my book is historical fiction. I think it was a good book I think it was a funny overall I enjoyed the book. Also, Amelia has a big imagination and to me thats what makes the story intersting.

The setting of my story is school and I know this because Amelia talks about her teachers and students. Amelia moves to a new school and she has no friends. She really misses her best friend Nadia bu
Trina Marie
Feb 17, 2016 Trina Marie rated it it was amazing
I read a few of these when I was little, and today I discovered a whole bunch of them at my local library so I'm rereading <3 <3 love love Amelia. LOVEEE American Girl books.
Sep 26, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
A childhood favorite. I carried this with me wherever I went for at least a couple of years. I will always love this book series. Re-reading as an adult, it's more clear that these stories and illustrations foster creativity, imagination & uniqueness. LOVE
Holly Hardwick
Feb 21, 2013 Holly Hardwick rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
I've never been much of a fan of graphic novels because I think the plot suffers in an effort to make illustrations the focus, and Amelia's Notebook by Marissa Moss is no exception. The novel is a choppy narrative of Amelia missing her friend and how much her sister annoys her. There is a slapped together resolution at the end where Amelia talks about becoming friends with Leah, which feels very rushed. I did not enjoy this story very much at all.
The aspect of this book that I did appreciate wer
Sandy Sopko
Oct 19, 2014 Sandy Sopko rated it it was amazing
This book is incredibly special to our family. When Madeline and Michael were very young, we read this book. It was the inspiration for a family tradition that continues, twenty years later. I bought Madeline a composition book and she recorded our family vacations. Later Michael contributed, especially with drawings and cartoons. The notebook filled; a second one was started. We began gluing or taping in brochures, tickets, etc. The tradition of the vacation log reading began next -- before set ...more
Kaitlyn Stanfield
Oct 01, 2012 Kaitlyn Stanfield rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Amelia's Notebook is written in a little girl's perspective of moving to a new house, a new city, and a new state. She is writing in a Notebook that her mother gave her to write down all of her thoughts to make her feel better about moving away from her home. In the Notebook, she draws pictures, talks about her sister Cleo, and her best friend Nadia. The Notebook has a purpose, it encourages students to imagine and to be creative with writing.
I think this book is more for the 3rd-5th grade leve
Alyssa Roberts
Nov 16, 2014 Alyssa Roberts rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
After moving to a new town, nine year old Amelia gets a new journal as a gift from her mother. In her new journal, Amelia writes everything that happens to her and how she's feeling. She also uses the journal for doodling and a scrapbook. She even writes about her older sister Cleo, who "picks her nose with her little finger". The pages are colorful and mimic the format of the old black and white notebook that everyone has used at some point. The children friendly drawings and lots of handwritte ...more
Feb 02, 2011 Jen rated it liked it
Both back when I was a kid and now, I really admire the creativity and originality of this book. It's a 9-year-old's view of the world through a composition notebook, and it's pretty dead-on, from what I can remember. I loved it when I was a kid because I was really jealous that Amelia could draw things that actually looked like what they were representing, and that the editorial team for the book kept the page structure of real comp notebooks, with the measurements table and class list. Really, ...more
Jul 21, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
Wish I had read these when I was younger, so great!
Hope Burton
Jan 20, 2017 Hope Burton rated it it was amazing
Review is on my blog, Tsundoku Books.
Ian Wood
Aug 31, 2014 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's novels reviewed on the blog will generally have some images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate a nove
Leslie Bardo
Feb 21, 2013 Leslie Bardo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
This book called Amelia's Notebook is about a young girl named Amelia who has trouble adjusting to her new life after moving. It is a book that is written from the viewpoint of Amelia, meant to simulate her journal. It is obvious, though, in her humorous writing that she's a little bitter about the move, especially because she left behind her best friend Nadia. Despite all the sadness and angst she must face, she ends up meeting a wonderful friend named Leah and spending her birthday with this n ...more
Jenna Sommerkamp
Feb 21, 2013 Jenna Sommerkamp rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Being a young adult now, I wish I would have been introduced to this book or series of books as a young child. I would have been completely in love. These books would be fabulous for 2nd through 5th grade girls. At that age, a secret journal of thoughts, dreams, and ideas is what girls adore. It is their way to express what is happening in their lives without others having to read. Amelia is given her notebook as a gift from her mother. Her mother gives her the notebook so Amelia can write down ...more
Feb 20, 2013 B rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
When I saw this title on the list of Graphic Novels I knew I had to hunt it down and re-read it. I loved this series when I was a kid because it evoked creativity, whimsical sarcasm, and other trendy elements that would visually appeal to a young girl. The wittiness of Moss is even present on the front cover were an ordinary notebook has been turned into a young girl’s (Amelia’s) top secret, private journal. The great attention to small details makes this graphic novel burst with excitement and ...more
Erin Prosser
Feb 20, 2013 Erin Prosser rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
When i saw the reading list for graphic novels we were able to pick from or my children's literature class, Amelia's Notebook stood out to me because i remember LOVING this book when i was younger, so i knew i had to go find it and reread it to bring back good memories.

In the book, written in the perspective of Amelia writing in her journal, Amelia is moving away from her home to a new place, which can relate to alot of kids around the word, which makes this book a great read for kids going thr
Oct 16, 2013 Sam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel-1
I love all Amelia's Notebook books, but I especially love this first classic! I can remember reading these books as a child and it was always such a treat when a new one was released. I would honestly read them over and over until they fell apart so it was fun for me to go back and evaluate this from a teaching standpoint. The plot of the story (presented through the notebook-diary of the main character) is about a young girl (Amelia) who moves across the country with her parents and older siste ...more
Amelia is a precocious character, kind of reminds me of Ramona. Moss does a great job revealing her voice through her journal entries, doodles and captions.

Goes along with the following lesson on WritingFix entitle Fierce Wondering Stories. Here's the link:

Students spend a few days coming up with "What if?" questions that affect them personally, affect the people around them, or affect the whole world. After they've had some time to conjure up their own w
Mary Borgese
Oct 14, 2013 Mary Borgese rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
"Amelia's Notebook" written and illustrated by Marissa Moss is a creative graphic novel that 7-10 year old kids will love! the grade level suggested for this book is 2nd-5th which means it is an easy one for young children to read on their own. "Amelia's Notebook" is great for beginners who are learning how to read by themselves. The reason is because of its simple wording and pictures.
Another characteristic that makes this book such a unique read-alone for kids is the small anecdotes and sketc
Dec 14, 2015 Annikka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Summarize the book:

This book is about a girl named Amelia who receives a notebook from her mother for her 9th birthday. In this notebook Amelia writes about her feelings on what is happening in her life. We follow Amelia as she moves to a new town and makes new friends. The book is full of observations, stories, and much more from a nine year olds perspective. To make the book seem more realistic, there are also doodles and side notes created by Amelia.

Identify the characteristics of the text th
Elena Hitch
Apr 08, 2012 Elena Hitch rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Amelia’s Notebook is a graphic novel recommended for very young female readers. Maybe the book should be recommended for students between the grades K-2 because the content and text is very simple. The pages provide lots of illustrations and keep readers engaged because many young females around Amelia’s age keep notebooks or journals similar to this. The book would be not be as appealing to children without the illustrations because Amelia constantly talks about her artist ability and how she l ...more
Connie Strong
Apr 17, 2012 Connie Strong rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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Aug 27, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
This is the first book in the Amelia's Notebooks series by Marissa Moss. At the end of the school year in June, our oldest discovered one of the books in the series, Oh Boy, Amelia!, at a book giveaway at her school. She loved that book and I was surprised to see that there's a whole series of these journals and they're available at our local library. So we started at the beginning of the series with this book.

The narrative is a journal-like tale written by a middle-grade girl who is moving to
Renee Clark
Feb 25, 2015 Renee Clark rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This book is written through the perspective of a young girl, Amelia. She writes in about how she is feeling and everything that is happening to her in a notebook that her mom gave her.

Right away this book sparked my interest because it reminded me of my diary that I used to write in when I was younger. Between the illustrations used and what is said I think this book is very relatable for young kids (friendships, accepting change, etc.). The illustrations went really well with a story. They we
Chelsea Gail Smith
Feb 21, 2013 Chelsea Gail Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Amelia's Notebook by Marissa Moss is an exciting graphic novel written in a journal form. I read this book when I was in elementary school and absolutely loved it, and rereading it made me love it more! For some reason I have always loved reading stories that were written in a journal style because I feel more connected to the characters in the story this way. This story shows the difficulties of Amelia having to leave her hometown and best friend Nadia to go to a new school.She also had to deal ...more
Angela Marie
Dec 03, 2013 Angela Marie rated it it was amazing
Marissa Moss did an amazing job portraying the thoughts of 9-year old Amelia in Amelia's Notebook . This graphic novel is supposed to be the journal that Amelia's mom gave her for her ninth birthday. In it, Amelia writes and doodles about all of the things that are going on around her. One very touching thing that she writes about is her best friend has to move away. This event could be devastating for a young girl trying to figure out the world. I think this would be a great book fro girls in ...more
Victoria Long
Feb 27, 2014 Victoria Long rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Amelia is a witty and very entertaining girl! This story of moving to a new school, new city and new state had me laughing out loud. Her snide comments and humorous remarks in the margins allows insight into a young girls scattered thoughts. A story about friendships, near and far, and accepting change would be very relatable to kids. Marisa Moss has hillarious pictures to accompany her writing. Images of different types of noses, or her sister noisily gobbling a boring burger have you wondering ...more
Feb 20, 2013 Linsay rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I thought this book was really unique and different from the average novel an elementary reader would be exposed to. It’s an hilarious tales of Amelia’s life from her point of view. Marissa Moss writes in first person perspective and does a wonderful job in sounding like a young girl. We witness Amelia’s emotions and thoughts on moving, her older sister, and making new friends. Amelia is a very bright little girl that is very aware of her emotions and is quite relatable to any 8 or 9 year old li ...more
Kaitlin Burke
Feb 26, 2015 Kaitlin Burke rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I enjoyed reading Moss's Amelia's Notebook, it is a great piece for children of elementary age to read. Moss's work is one that children in the later years of elementary age can identify with. This graphic novel depicts exactly what one young child's diary or notebook may look like, with thoughts of her life and memories in it. Moss is both the author and illustrator, I think she did a wonderful job with the illustrations as they go along with the novel. This novel allows some children to have s ...more
Apr 15, 2014 Bella rated it liked it
Amelia's Notebook is good. When I was around second grade, I was walking aimlessly around the school library, looking for a book. My class had left a few minutes ago. Finally, I asked the librarian for a book. I got this one. It was great and I loved it! I mean who wouldn't want to read someone else's journal? But now that I've grown, I'd had a diary of my own and wouldn't want anyone to read it. So now that I'm reading this again, I'm a bit uneasy about it all. Like, would you want your persona ...more
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Who is Marissa Moss anyway?

I’ve been making children’s books for a looooong time. I sent my first picture book to publishers when I was nine, but it wasn’t very good and they didn’t publish it. I didn’t try again until I was a grown-up and then it took five years of sending out stories, getting them rejected, revising them and sending them back over and over until I got my first book. Now I’ve pub
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Other Books in the Series

Amelia's Notebooks (1 - 10 of 31 books)
  • Amelia Writes Again (Amelia's Notebooks, #2)
  • Amelia Hits The Road (Amelia's Notebooks, #3)
  • Amelia Takes Command (Amelia's Notebooks, #4)
  • Amelia's Boredom Survival Guide (Amelia's Notebooks, #5)
  • Luv, Amelia Luv, Nadia (Amelia's Notebooks, #6)
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