The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye

The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye

The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye

Amelia lives in a shabby house with her crabby mom. She wears out-of-fashion hand-me-down clothes from a sister 30 years older than she is. Amelia daddy’s gone and her brother’s in prison but she’s got her old Grandpa Thomas, he’s on her side and has made it his job to look out for Amelia. He even picked out her name, Amelia Earhart Rye.

“Amelia Earhart was one o the most courageous women of all time. I knew that if you were to survive in this mean old world you’d have to be as brave as she was and I thought that having her name might give you a little head start.” (page 17)

Grandpa Thomas is right, Amelia’s world is pretty tough and she’s going to have to be pretty tough to make her way in it. Grandpa Thomas knows that what Amelia needs is a friend, because all a person needs in life is one true friend.

That friend walks into Amelia’s life just in time. Fancy Neson. Knobby knees, skinny, head full of braids, brown skin…confident, fun & fearless. Amelia’s world, full of so many broken people and things is about to get a lesson in survival from a girl who knows how to make things right. Author: Bonnie Shimko

If you like Amelia and Fancy here are some more stories about kids living in tough circumstances who find the friends they need:
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