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

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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
Kaitlyn Stanfield
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...more
Jen
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
Victoria Long
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
Bella
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
Miss_Nelson
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: http://writingfix.com/Picture_Book_Pr...

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...more
Connie Strong
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Holly Hardwick
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...more
Leslie Bardo
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
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
Erin Prosser
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...more
Chelsea Gail Smith
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
Elena Hitch
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
Bailey Ubellacker
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
Sam
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
Mary Borgese
"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...more
Dolly
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...more
Angela Marie
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
Linsay Piersawl
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
Alli
Amelia’s Notebook was hilarious, fun, and exciting. I don’t remember these books when I was younger but I wish I would have, I would have absolutely LOVED them. I really enjoyed how the book looked just like a journal that a young girl had written in. There were drawings all over the pages and the font looked liked a little girls. The illustrations were creative and entertaining, young readers would absolutely love them. The book is about Amelia’s struggles and adventures while she is moving to...more
Ubalstecha
Amelia's family is moving and she is not happy about it given that she will be leaving behind her best friend, Nadia. To help her cope with the upheaval, her mother gives her a notebook to write and draw in. And Amelia does pour out her frustration and issues into the book, illustrating it along the way with cleaver drawings.

This book is a cross between a picture book and a chapter book, with its mix of long text passages and colourful drawings. There are also plenty of margin drawings, like you...more
Leiah
I love Amelia's Notebook. These books have inspired me since I was young. I plan to re-read them all again as an adult, because they are magical to me :)
Amy
I saw this in our class the other day and felt so nostalgic! I remember when my mom gave me this book and how I devoured it, probably when I was 10 or 11. It's a great book and series for girls to read when they are in 4th or 5th grade, and even middle school. In this original, Amelia fills her notebook like a journal and talks about all the things she is going through - dealing with her little sister, moving to a new house, missing her best friend, etc. It's also filled with her drawings of wha...more
Lily
I could read this book 1000000000000 times! It is soooooo good. It is an ongoing series about this girl named Amelia. It's really short, I read it in one day. Verrry good, I recommend it.
Mitzi
I read this book because my daughter wanted to buy it. She's only 8, so what she reads really matters. This is a good book to get children to journal. It's a story about Amelia - I could only guess the first of a series - that documents her first attempts at journaling.

The entrees are age-appropriate and current enough for my daughter to identify. And she did. She's now hooked, and even if she read it in a day -- I read it in one sitting, of course :) -- I can see her getting an average of one A...more
Amanda
Loved these as a kid!
Shelbi Bishop
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.

This book would be great in a classroom because it'll encourage children to use creativity in their writing. I also would love to use this book as a writing activity, where my students write a journal about them.
Auttumn C
After reading this book in fourth grade I was inspired, like most students, to keep my own journal. I wanted my journal to be just like Amelia's. Now, as a pre-service teaching I look at books with a new lens and after reading this book again I remember how important and motivational this book is to students. This book series is another must have in my classroom. P.s. This book can also be used as an example of reading like a writer!
Kristy
This very fun book is written in journal format that looks realistically like a journal. When Amelia moves across the country with her family, her journal is where she is able to write about missing her best friend Nadia and how she adjusts to her new home and school. Amelia also loves to draw, so the book is filled with fun doodles and drawings.

Publication Date: 1995
Age/Grade level: 3rd to 5th grade
Format: Print Book
Megan Sanchez
This is one of those times when a book you read as a child just completely disappoints as an adult. I guess I never realized that there isn't much of a story to Amelia's Notebook. It really is just looking in on a young girl's diary, but with amusing pictures. Amelia also seems to have a weird obsession with the way people eat, which is not something I remember from reading this book a dozen times or more as a kid.
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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...more
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