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Amelia does not like noise. In fifth grade, she has to learn to play an instrument or, as she sees it, make noise on purpose. To help Amelia cope, her father gives her a pair of earmuffs to wear. When she makes a new friend in trombone class, the two form an unlikely friendship that helps Amelia find a way to let in the noisy world she’s muffled for so long.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Simon & Schuster
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Kate Olson
Middle grade GOLD. I inhaled this story in one sitting and ached the entire time for highly sensitive 5th grader Amelia and the world’s inability to try to understand her needs. As someone with a mild noise sensitivity myself, I could relate so strongly with Amelia and wanted to cry every time an adult told her she had to take off her ear muffs or didn’t let her wear them. As an educator and librarian, I really appreciate the work Gennari did to ensure the story was an accurate representation of ...more
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Amelia is starting 5th grade, and her parents and teachers want it to be a fresh start for the noise-sensitive student . . . which means no noise-cancelling headphones this year. But Amelia doesn't feel ready to navigate her loud world without some kind of buffer. Thank goodness for purple earmuffs! ...more
Jamie
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was almost in disbelief when this book was first announced on PM. I have never come across a novel (much less one for children) about sound sensitivity. I've suffered from Misophonia since I was ten, which is nearly two decades now. Reading this book, I'd never felt so seen, or thought someone else could share the thoughts and reactions I've had to sound.

Of course, Amelia's experience in the book and my personal experience had noticeable differences. However, I know that if this book had been
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Aimee Lucido
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such a sweet story! I loved watching Amelia learn to decide for herself when she needs earmuffs and when she would rather listen to the sounds happening around her. The friendship between her and Madge is very sweet, and I loved watching her learn to roar at the end! Read this if you loved FISH IN A TREE!
Ms. Yingling
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
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Amelia has auditory sensitivity, and struggles to cope with loud noises. She has been wearing noise canceling headphones at school, but these have also lead to her social isolation. As she begins fifth grade, her parents and therapist have decided that she should try to be less dependent on the headphones. Her father buys her a pair of fuzzy purple ear muffs to help with the transition. Amelia likes the earmuffs and takes great comfort in them, although they do no
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Christina
Thank you to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review!

Muffled is a fantastic book that exceeded my initial curiosity. I fell wholeheartedly in love with the story and its main character, Amelia.

Amelia is a bright girl who I immediately connected with. She’s also a bookworm who also loves Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s Tortall universe, so that was a huge bonus.

As someone also with sound sensitivity, I think the author does a great job depicting what it’
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Kb4bard
Aug 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Jennifer Gennari for this heartwarming and informative tale of Amelia and her sound sensitivity. I had never heard about this condition and was happy to learn more. As a teacher and a teacher of teachers, we need to continue to find ways to meet our students where they are at and not only show support and empathy, but teach our students this powerful skill as well.
I was taken by Amelia's spirit and the fun language and relationship she builds with her best girlfriend. I can remember th
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Alison
This was a sweet MG realistic fiction book with an interesting protagonist - a girl who struggles with severe sound sensitivity. I enjoyed reading Amelia's story (and LOVED that she's an Alanna of Trebond fan - same), and I thought the story had some really nice moments. Certainly one I will be recommending, even if it wasn't a favourite (it just hasn't lingered...) ...more
Michelle
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
A sweet late-elementary grade book about a fifth grader with sound sensitivity, Amelia. The book follows Amelia as she begins a new school year and navigates making friends/finding her place. This book was recommended to me by my 11 year old daughter; she recommends it as an “interesting book that teaches what it is like to have sound sensitivity and is relatable to real fifth grade.”
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Jennifer Hottinger
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A time for quiet, a time for noise, and a time to MAKE noise! Such a beautiful story of Amelia and her struggle with noise sensitivity. Kiddos everywhere can learn from Amelia’s strength and courage to learn to adapt to a world full of noise.
Tina Athaide
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I know my students with SPD would have loved meeting Amelia and reading about how she navigates her day-to-day world, with the challenges of sensory processing, while trying to fit in with her peers in middle school. I am glad this book will be out later this year and plan on buying copies for my special education teachers and the school library. The more students with specialized needs see themselves in the pages of books, the more it helps them feel connected and other readers can learn more a ...more
Jennifer
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
What can I say? Proud of this one. It's got flutes and trombones, the T and the Boston Public Library, the Red Sox and a snowstorm. Can't wait for you all to meet earmuff-wearing Amelia! ...more
Elizabeth
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Amelia suffers from sound sensitivity, but her parents and school counselor have decided that 5th grade will be the year she ditches her noise cancelling headphones. To her mother's chagrin, Amelia's father gifts her some fuzzy purple earmuffs on her first day of school- to dampen the noises when she needs. From Amelia's perspective, she needs them all the time. To muffle the noises of "silent" reading time. To make the ruckus of the cafeteria tolerable. To keep herself from being overwhelmed by ...more
Becky
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Overall I enjoyed this book. I am glad to see more children's literature embracing diverse characters, and the children in this book were easy to relate to. As a mom, I was a bit disappointed that this is another book in which the character's mother failed at first to understand her differences, and the adults are pushing her to be as typical as she is capable of being. It was a bit of a struggle, as it is in real life, to find a good balance between "fitting in" and respecting differences, but ...more
Julie Durbin
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reader copy from the author. What a beautiful story about a fifth grade girl named Amelia with sound sensitivity. I was completely drawn in witnessing Amelia navigating the world without noise canceling headphones. I’ve worked with children with students like Amelia for over 14 years. This is the first time I felt I really understood the “feeling“ of the plethora of simultaneous sounds “bouncing around the walls of my head like a rubber ball“. Jen Gennari was really able t ...more
Merriam Sarcia
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredibly sweet story of a ten year-old girl struggling with the noises in the world around her, as well as with the dynamics of changing friendships, being different, feeling unseen/misunderstood by some important adults in her world and still finding her way. An empathic read for any child who needs to march to the beat of their own drum (or, in this case, their own trombone!) however it may look, feel and sound.
Michele Hurwitz
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A heartwarming, inspiring story of a fifth-grade girl, Amelia, who is struggling with sound sensitivity and fitting in with classmates. The author did a terrific job portraying the issue in an understandable, approachable way for middle grade readers. This really made me think about all the noise in our world and how it can affect a person who needs quiet. The story flows well, and has a satisfying ending, as Amelia discovers how to appreciate a new "loud" friend and learns to play the trombone. ...more
Kendall Ball
Jul 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Melinda
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Short and simple story of a girl with noise sensitivity. Definitely an empathy-builder. Reads extremely young and I will admit that I found the story itself a teensy bit boring. But it fills a content gap and I'm glad it exists. ...more
Dara Yoder
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this sweet story of Amelia and her fifth grade life - her sensitivity to noise makes her stand out, but she finds her way!! Great middle grade read! #bookposse
Tori Darland
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t know what I was expecting reading this book. It was so much better than I thought. I like the storyline, the characters, and writing. I reccomend this book.
Michelle
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book if you work with students that have sensory needs. It shows a clear perspective of the childs view. I plan on sharing it with those I work with in education.
Charlene Avery
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
A wonderful middle grade girl & her journey who surprised me in great ways. Author appreciates silence and married partner & family with sound sensitivity.
Avery
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book! If you like books about friendship then you should read this book! I loved it so much I finished when I was in bed.
Cathy Mealey
Young MG - sound sensitivity - urban setting - friendship themes
Steph
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
“How can I be me in a loud world?”

Themes: sound sensitivity, friendship, forgiveness, music, family, snow, kindness, empathy, bravery.
Sara
Reads quite young so not sure I would recommend this to any of our grade 7 or 8 kids.
Yena
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really like this book and the end is so gooood!!! I recommend this book and I give 5 STARS!!! 😄😄😄⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Christine Hurley
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