Our Only May Amelia
By Jennifer Holm
HarperCollinsPublishers, 1999. 253 pgs. Young Adult
May Amelia is the youngest child in her family, the only girl with seven older brothers, so she is desperately hoping that her mother's new baby will be a girl. Her father, though, would prefer a boy, since it seems May Amelia will never learn to be a Proper Young Lady and seems to get in more trouble than all of her brothers. But it's hard being a Proper Young Lady when there are so many other things to worry about, like helping on the family farm, finding murderers, and dealing with brothers who like to tease.
With some scenes that will have readers laughing, others that will have them near tears, and a pitch-perfect voice for May Amelia, this is an excellent book, great for fans of historical fiction, spunky narrators, and a roaring good time.