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1973 has been a lonely year for Amy Henderson, filled with too many awkward moments to count—that is, until she helps rescue an injured seal pup. In order to help save Pup, she forms an unlikely alliance with Craig, a mysterious boy in a worn-out army jacket, and Miss Cogshell, an eccentric older woman whom the children in the town call “Old Coot.” As she nurses Pup back t ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Luminis Books, Inc. (first published January 1st 2013)
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Maura Nt
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My girls (12 yr old twins) and I read this on vacation. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. It's beautifully written with refreshing characters and a fun descriptive plot. I read online there will be a second book about Amy. We can't wait! ...more
Joyce
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-ya
CALL ME AMY is a sweet coming of age story set on the coast of Maine in the early ‘70s. Author Strykowski has created a setting rich with the details that evoke images of a Maine fishing village. She has developed her characters with skill, adding layers to their personalities until the reader cares about them.

Shy and self-conscious Amy loves the salty air of the village of Port Wells, the crashing waves and books. Keeping to herself has always suited her just fine, but this summer she is surpr
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Patty Falconer
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Call Me Amy is exactly the type of book I love. The characters are relatable and likeable; they are individuals that the reader enjoys getting to know while watching them change and develop. The setting of the small Maine coastal town is idyllic, and the reader is quickly and completely immersed in this community. Although the novel takes place in the 1970s, it feels timeless. Young readers will readily associate with Amy’s struggles and triumphs with her relationships with family and friends, a ...more
Amanda L
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, maine
I'm in the midst of a terrible slump, and this didn't help. I picked it up because it takes place in a small town on the ocean in Maine, which seemed relateable at least to the extent that it is exactly how I'd like to be spending my summer. It's classified as "TEEN" - but make no mistake; the designation is quite different from young adult, which I'd never have realized without this book. TEEN is more like 3rd grade reading level (if that?) with references to zits. So thanks for that, Call Me A ...more
Pam Simmons
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. Miss Cogshell, Amy and Craig are three people who normally wouldn't be seen as friends. However they are brought together as they try to save an injured seal pup. As their relationship grows the reader is drawn into their story and feels a connection to them. This is a heartwarming story of friendship and coming of age in the 70's that is timeless. This is a story that will be loved by Middle School boys and girls. ...more
Yvonne Ventresca
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, middle-grade
Call Me Amy is a delightful coming of age story. Amy forms new relationships to secretly care for an injured seal pup and soon realizes that people are not always what they seem to be. Her friendships bolster her bravery at the end of the story in a satisfying conclusion. The unique setting (1970s Maine) adds to the story's appeal. ...more
Kirsti Call
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet coming of age story with authentic teenage relationships. This book skillfully touches on themes of loss, friendship, abuse, the elderly and grief.
Eileen
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sweet story. At first I thought I’d dnf it, but I kept reading and am glad I did. I related to Amy as a child (think “dork” 😂).
Sherri

For teen Amy Anderson, 1973 has been lonely since her best friend moved away and has left her no one to talk to in the small, ocean-side town of Port Wells, Maine. At school Amy stays silent due to feeling lonely and awkward and is teased by the popular girls and called “shrimp” by local bad boy, Craig Miller. At home, Amy’s older sister also teases and annoys her while her parents tell her to stop moping.

This sweet story tells of Amy’s awakening to near-adulthood as she befriends the town’s cr
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Julie Fulton
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Call Me Amy is set in 1973, making it a wonderfully nostalgic read for me as an adult. However, the journey of awkward teenager Amy from quiet, socially inept girl to independent young woman with a voice of her own is as relevant to children today as it ever was. Amy develops an inner strength and learns about herself as she tries to save an injured seal pup with the help of two other town misfits - Miss Cogshell, an eccentric old lady with hidden depths, and Craig Miller, an unruly boy from a b ...more
Cynthia Neale
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I immediately identified with the protagonist, Amy, coming of age in a small coastal town in Maine in the 1970's.There is the very real awkwardness of a clever, sensitive, and intelligent teen who doesn't fit in with the usual crowd of teased hair, make-up slathered, and boy crazy girls. Amy is not willing to compromise and stays true to herself, albeit at times she feels too superior. Amy befriends Craig, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, Miss Cogshell, an elderly woman who is made fun o ...more
Christina Banach
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Call Me Amy is a delightful coming-of-age story set in a small coastal town in Maine. I really enjoyed the 1970’s vibe throughout the story – it added to the book’s charm. Amy is an engaging protagonist: it was wonderful to see how she grew in confidence and developed as an individual as the book progressed. The supporting cast of characters is also well drawn, particularly those of the eccentric Miss Cogshell and Amy’s school friend, Craig. And then, of course, there is Pup the injured seal tha ...more
Hampstead NH Librarians
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this story! It brought me back to the early 70s and a simpler way of life... yet not so different from these days. The characters were well developed and I found myself engaging with them. The book captures the awkwardness of the early teens years well, and yet doesn't make it so 'dated' that young people of today can't relate to it. Marcia captures the Maine coastal town well and depicts characters in a very real way. I really liked Amy, and was eager to learn more about Craig. Miss Cog ...more
Rebecca Colby
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thirteen year old Amy Henderson is lonely and insecure until she makes two unlikely friends in the form of an older woman, referred to by the local kids as “Old Coot”, and a loud-mouthed boy her own age who constantly calls her “Shrimp”. Together the three friends help to save an injured seal pup and in the process, Amy gains some much needed confidence. But then in an unexpected twist, Amy is left facing another challenge alone. I enjoyed reading about how Amy develops as a person and later cop ...more
Marit
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Call Me Amy is a compelling and engaging story about a thirteen year old insecure girl living in a small fishing village in coastal Maine in the early seventies. Amy forms an alliance with a strange old lady, Ms. Cogshell, and a popular but sad boy Craig, to nurse to health an injured seal pup. Amy learns valuable lessons about people, and finds her courage and calling in life.
The characters in the story are well developed, and the author's descriptions are vivid and beautiful.
The book has a sub
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Kirsten
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Sweetly old-fashioned (and not wholly because of the 1970s setting), this book tells the story of Amy, an introverted, teen-aged Mainer whose best friend has moved away, Miss Cogshell, a former teacher, but now the town's "Old Coot," and Craig, popular, with a ready smile and ever-present army jacket.
Amy, Miss Cogshell, and Craig conspire to save a wounded baby seal, at the same time, of course, saving themselves.
Although I knew what the end result would be, that didn't prevent me from being, in
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Sandown Public
Sweetly old-fashioned (and not wholly because of the 1970s setting), this book tells the story of Amy, an introverted, teen-aged Mainer whose best friend has moved away, Miss Cogshell, a former teacher, but now the town's "Old Coot," and Craig, popular, with a ready smile and ever-present army jacket.
Amy, Miss Cogshell, and Craig conspire to save a wounded baby seal, at the same time, of course, saving themselves.
Although I knew what the end result would be, that didn't prevent me from being, in
...more
Bobbi Miller
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Set in a quaint coastal town in Maine, this coming-of-age story presents a timeless tale of friendship, teamwork and community responsibility. This book is filled with realized, relatable characters. Amy Anderson is the shy protagonist. The quirky Miss Cogshell is dubbed Old Coot by the town’s children. And the mysterious Craig, the most popular boy in class who doesn’t have any real friends. One day, Craig finds a stranded, injured seal pup and asks Amy to help him, and the three come together ...more
Evelyn B.
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
4.5 stars. I really liked this well-written, heart-warming story of a shy, young teen who forms two unlikely friendships--one with an elderly woman and one with a popular guy in her class. The three work together to try to save an injured seal pup and, in the process, Amy develops enough self-confidence that, at the end, she's able to take a stand on a project that benefits the whole community. [Note: I was delighted to receive a free copy of this book in a Goodreads drawing.] ...more
Angie
Nov 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Amy is a bit of a loner with no friends. Then she starts hanging out at Miss Cogshell's house. Craig is not a loner, but he doesn't seem to have any true friends. When Craig finds a baby seal he asks Amy for help. They end up taking care of the seal pup at Miss Cogshell's house and become attached to each other. This is a story about friendship and responsibility and finding your place in the world. ...more
Ann
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A wounded seal pup propels 13-year-old Amy Henderson into an unlikely alliance with an unusual older woman and a mysterious boy in a small Maine fishing village. Readers will cheer for Amy as she protects Pup, gains confidence, faces challenges, and comes up with an idea that could change not only the future of her village, but also, her own life. With a skillful hand, Strykowski introduces us to a small town with memorable characters and the girl who could bring them all together.
Rachel Good
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Call Me Amy takes you back to the 70s in a Maine coastal town. Both the setting and characters are well-drawn, making the story come alive. Readers will identify with Amy, who struggles with the awkwardness of the teen years, but has a caring heart. She makes some unlikely friends as she tries to save a seal. The story has a great balance between tense and heartwarming scenes as Amy grows and changes. A wonderful, gentle book with a sweet message about looking beyond the surface.
Mainerk8
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this story! It brought me back to the early 70s and a simpler way of life... but not so different to these days, too. The characters were well developed and I found myself engaging with them. It captures the awkwardness of the early teens years well, and yet doesn't make it so 'dated' that teens of today can't relate to it. ...more
NovElla
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Call Me Amy is an entertaining and well written book. I enjoyed reading about Amy’s adventures on the coast of Maine. As a quiet girl in middle school, Amy learns to push her own boundaries. This book is great for all ages.
I’m so excited for the upcoming release of Amy’s Choice.
Dawn Christopher
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love the author's story telling abilities. Wonderfully incorporated the animal and human connection. ...more
Peacegal
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars -- Nothing groundbreaking here, just a sweet, well-written story about a shy teenage girl who helps rescue an abandoned seal pup--and makes two life-changing friends in the process.
Alison
Aug 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book as a First Reads and enjoyed it-my only issue was some of the writing was a bit choppy. It was a good, quick, enjoyable read.
Lisa Nanatovich-olney
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great YA novel. I can see this book used to teach in a 6-8 classroom. Heartfelt story of courage and youthful hope.
Ellie
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
A sweet tale of two teens who save a baby seal. With the help of an elderly lady who lives nearby, they find their true selves.
Judy C
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was so emotional at the end that I cried.
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CALL ME AMY was on Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year, and was also shortlisted for the Crystal Kite Award. AMY'S CHOICE is the sequel. Next up, ROLLER BOY! Living in New England, Marcia has always felt a connection to the ocean and its creatures. When she's not watching the waves, she works at a public library. To learn more about the author and her books, please visit:

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