The Trouble with May Amelia
By Jennifer Holm
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011. 204 pgs. Young Adult
May Amelia is back, and she's as spunky as ever. Life on the Nasel river is just as hard as ever, with May Amelia trying to keep her wonderful teacher from getting married and getting attacked by a bull when she's using the outhouse. Things are especially bad, though, when financial troubles arise and May Amelia gets the blame.
I hope there are many, many more books about May Amelia, who is one of the most delightful narrators I've met in a long time. Once again, there's humor alongside truly heart-wrenching scenes that demonstrate the difficult of being frontier life and of being a girl in a patriarchal society. Three cheers for May Amelia.