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Mary Amato

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I write fiction for young adults and children and enjoy connecting with my readers. Adults (ages 18 and up) who are interested in writing, please check out my Writer's Studio sessions. https://www.maryamato.com/events/writ...
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Books with Songs

Many of Mary Amato novels feature songwriters and include original songs.

For Young Adults/Adults

Guitar Notes–two opposites learns to collaborate in this funny yet tear-jerking award winning novel. Original songs are in the book and recordings of the songs are on soundcloud and have been sent in by readers.Get Happy–a sixteen year old  wrestles with family secrets as she finds her identity as a son Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.94 · 13,330 ratings · 2,316 reviews · 35 distinct worksSimilar authors
Guitar Notes

4.04 avg rating — 5,963 ratings — published 2012 — 17 editions
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The Naked Mole-Rat Letters

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The Word Eater

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3.79 avg rating — 842 ratings — published 2010 — 6 editions
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Get Happy

3.62 avg rating — 617 ratings — published 2014 — 10 editions
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Please Write in This Book

3.88 avg rating — 551 ratings — published 2006 — 4 editions
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Invisible Lines

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The Chicken of the Family

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Open Mic Night at Westminst...

3.82 avg rating — 356 ratings — published 2018 — 3 editions
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4.13 avg rating — 302 ratings — published 2004 — 13 editions
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Finding Camlann by Sean Pidgeon
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So enjoyed reading Sean Pidgeon's rich novel about an archaeologist's quest to discover proof of the existence of the legendary King Arthur. Both a touching love story and follow-your-heart message are woven through this novel as are gorgeously-craft ...more
Perfect Partners by Mary Amato
"Cat arrives at art club, expecting to find other cats, just like her, and instead walks into a room full of dogs. Frightened, she dashes back out the door. But back at home, she is lonely and still in need of others who share her passion for painting" Read more of this review »
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Jules did a beautiful job of weaving all the components of story into this novel in verse. Fascinating characters, deep desires, tension, conflicts, and big and little triumphs. Each poem has just the right tone and length and each line is crafted so ...more
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Pick Me! by Max Amato
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Hilarious exploration of the all-too-common impulse to be competitive. Kids will love this book and adults will appreciate the smart and funny word play. Full disclosure: I'm also a children's book author and the author/illustrator is my son. ...more
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What a lusciously written novel about sisterhood, romance, and family. Thornburgh's voice here is pitch perfect in the character of a smart yet insecure girl who is trying to find herself in an eccentric and endearing family. I fell in love with Plum ...more
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Amelia Kahaney's All the Best Liars was my beach-read during vacation. I ripped through it and enjoyed the writing, the characters, and the shift in perspective between characters. During my high school years, I spent more time with guy friends than ...more
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Hilarious. Loved the treat of hearing Waters narrate and found the structure (fantasy good rides, fantasy bad rides, real rides) to be clever. After the outrageous and hyperbolic fantasies, I thought the real rides wouldn't hold my attention, but Wat ...more
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Be still my beating heart. I loved taking this long walk with Lillian, thanks to Kathleen Rooney. What a pleasure to spend time with a character (and author) who loves and appreciates language. This is a wonderful example of how an author can success ...more
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“Maybe it explains the reason why one person likes another. It's because their souls both thrum at the same frequency.”
Mary Amato, Guitar Notes

“You do realize that you are a termite. You are eating through my soul.”
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“They were lucky to find each other. Nobody could take that away.”
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“Put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it."

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