The Meaning of Life . . . and Other Stuff

Illustrated by Jimmy Gownley
LIST PRICE $21.99

About The Book

Amelia McBride may be growing up, but she’s feeling down. If there’s one theme to her life, it’s that nothing lasts: not her parents’ marriage, not Aunt Tanner’s support, not the clubhouse for the Gathering of Awesome Super Pals (G.A.S.P.), not even her new spot on the stupid cheerleading squad. And while she’s learning all kinds of things about foot fungus, cheerwitches, and Reggie—who thinks Rhonda is CUTE?!—there’s still one thing Amelia can’t figure out, and that’s the meaning of life. It takes a grownup sort of tragedy for Amelia and her friends to realize that even when the world is scary, and life is as mystifying as ever, some things—like friendship—do last.

In Jimmy Gownley’s touching seventh installment of Amelia Rules!, Amelia may not find all the answers—but she does know how to ask the right questions. Who needs answers, anyway?

About The Author

Photograph by Tawyna Wagner Photography

Jimmy Gownley began writing and drawing comics at the age of fifteen. He is an advocate for kids’ comics, having cofounded the organization Kids Love Comics, which works to promote comic books and graphic novels as a valuable tool for literacy and education in schools, libraries, and at home. He lives with his wife Karen and their twin daughters, Stella and Anna, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

About The Illustrator

Photograph by Tawyna Wagner Photography

Jimmy Gownley began writing and drawing comics at the age of fifteen. He is an advocate for kids’ comics, having cofounded the organization Kids Love Comics, which works to promote comic books and graphic novels as a valuable tool for literacy and education in schools, libraries, and at home. He lives with his wife Karen and their twin daughters, Stella and Anna, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 27, 2011)
  • Length: 160 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416986133
  • Grades: 2 - 7
  • Ages: 7 - 12

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Raves and Reviews

"A standout graphic-novel series continues on its well-thought-out path...Gownley does not shy away from tough topics, presenting them in a way that is both approachable and understandable to kids. Reminiscent of an illustrated Alice McKinley, Amelia is growing up with her readership and taking them along on her often bumpy voyage. With all of the tribulations Amelia must deal with, she paints an accurate portrait of what preteens must deal with and how fast they sometimes have to grow up. Well done; here’s to the next installment."

--Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2011

“The seventh book in the Amelia Rules series is as well written and beautifully illustrated as readers have come to expect…the books remain a kid-friendly mix of humor and realism.”

--Booklist, September 15, 2011

Awards and Honors

  • Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award
  • Writer's League of Texas Award for Best Book for Young People
  • The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Nominee

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