Amelia Rules! Volume 7: The Meaning of Life... and Other Stuff

Jimmy Gownley


Amelia Rules! Volume 7: The Meaning of Life... and Other Stuff

Amelia Rules! Volume 7: The Meaning of Life... and Other Stuff

  • Title: Amelia Rules! Volume 7: The Meaning of Life... and Other Stuff
  • Author: Jimmy Gownley
  • ISBN: 9781416986133
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Hardcover



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,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


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I love the fact that every time I read a new "Amelia" adventure I'm so taken in by the story and the characters, that I don't notice any morals or truths that are included in the message of the tales. By this point, the world is so "real" that I easily immerse myself into what's going on, living vicariously through their triumphs, trials and tribulations, and especially zany lives. And when the stories are as powerful as this one, it isn't until you close the back cover that you realize what an [...]

I cried some while reading Her Permanent Record But for this one Holy cow. I cried so much. It's just so true to life and touching and so many things. This is why I love middle grade books. Because the authors aren't afraid to talk about life, about real life, about how life sucks sometimes, about how people argue, about how scary it is, how hard life is, that people (adult people too) aren't perfect and unfair things happen and people let you down. But there are also good people, good friends, [...]

Sometimes it feels to me that when it comes to realistic stories about learning and growing the comic strip world for kids used to have some serious advantages over the comic book world for kids. Used to be that newspapers provided the primary way most kids read comic panels. Then comic pages started to stultify, reprinting the same dull strips ad nauseam, often long after the original creators died. After that the newspapers themselves started to drop as people moved to online content for their [...]

This is the seventh book in the Amelia Rules! series by Jimmy Gownley. We recently discovered this series and our girls just love it - they will argue over who gets to read the books first. They are really into reading graphic novels right now and we all love that it features a strong female main character who has other strong women in her life. We haven't been able to get book #6 yet, so we skipped ahead (we just couldn't wait). This book continues the story and has several sections highlightin [...]

Side splittingly hilarious highly recommended for all ages.Amelia's family and friends will take up permanent residence in your heart.Wonderful all ages comic!Amelia McBride may not 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 th [...]

This book is on the Will Eisner Award list. This book would appeal to girls. Especially those who have had to go through struggles with friends and divorced parents.

Still a very nice balance of humor and thoughtfulness, and enjoyable as ever! Amelia does rule!

It was really over the top I understand it has to be dramatic to be interesting.Without spoiling the book it’s about a group of friends going through life as they get older. They face challenges as they grow and push past them.I enjoyed reading this book, it was funny and really was a bit of dramatic.It was really humorous and loved it’s creativity. It made me laugh. A lot of people may not like this book because it is a graphic novel. I would recommend this book to kids ages 8-12 because it [...]

This is a children's book right? Soo many feels!

Citation: Amelia Rules! Volume 7: The Meaning of Life and Other Stuff, by Jimmy Gownley. (Simon & Schuster Children’s, 2011). 147 p. Graphic Novel. Summary: Amelia McBride is a precocious middle-schooler navigating the worlds of friends, the cheerleading team, her parents’ divorce and a relationship with her favorite aunt. While trying to prove that she’s not really the troublemaker her reputation implies, she learns the real value of friends who support her, and returning their suppor [...]

This seventh installment in the Amelia Rules series finds Amelia in a tough spot. She's feeling older, thanks to a young crop of kids in the neighborhood who have formed a superhero club, Y.I.K.E.S. (Young Imaginative Kids Emulating Superheroes ) in an effort to emulate Amelia and her friends' former club, G.A.S.P. (Gathering of Awesome Super Pals). She's also missing Tanner, who is out on tour, and hasn't called. At school, she suddenly finds herself stuck on the cheerleading squad, and her fri [...]

Graphic NovelCopyright 2011I was very impressed with Jimmy Gownley’s graphic novelThe Meaning of Life and Other Stuff. Amelia is a typical middle schools student with the same typical problems as middle school students today. Her parents are divorced, she has earned a reputation as a “bad kid”, and she faces how to help a friend whose father is serving in combat. These are all realistic things that middle school students in today’s society face. With all of the tribulations Amelia must d [...]

A review of The Meaning of Life and Other Stuff-An Amelia Rules Book! by Rachel LangenfeldI could introduce the book by explaining to students that nobody is perfect. No one has a perfect life and we are all on a different journey. It is what you do to get through your struggles and rejoice when life is going well that really matter. Friends and family are so important and we need to keep them close to us. I would ask students to think about how they act when they are angry, upset and sad and ha [...]

Thanks to S&S Galley grab for the ARC.To be fair, let me just say that I have not read the other Amelia Rules! Books, and this is the first time I have picked a comic book that isn’t Calvin and Hobbes or Betty and Veronica… It is from this standpoint that I write this review.I have generally liked The Meaning of Life… and other stuff, it has a delightful and honest sense of humor and it has achieved to realistically portray the thinking of middle schoolers as they are confronted with i [...]

I should start by saying this is the first graphic novel I have read. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the format of a graphic novel, maybe they will be like ricotta cheese for me, an acquired taste. I'll keep trying, I think it will take some getting used to. I thought the story jumped around a lot. There are several main characters so that could be part of the reason. I also started in the middle of the series, this particular book grabbed my attention so I wanted to start with it. I do like the [...]

The thing I liked the most about this volume is that it didn't just work with themes from previous books, it expanded on them and gave them a new message. "Pick up the pieces and make something new" is a much stronger message than the original about things just being broken and not being able to fix them, and it's a better message for kids to take away, too.As the series is almost over, we really see how the cast has grown (and see some of their successors take on similar roles), just like we do [...]

I love this series. Amelia is a great kid and her friends are awesome too. This is kind of the Gen-X Peanuts. Obviously the kids don't act like jaded slackers. What I mean is that the tone of this work is contemplative and the adults have a bit of a "cool" vibe going. There's also a fun reference to an early REM album as a chapter title. This one isn't my favorite in this long-running series, but it's a good stop-gap that allows the kids to take stock of where their lives are going as they get o [...]

1. This book has not received any awards.2. This book is appropriate for 6th grade and up. 3. In this graphic novel readers meet Amelia and her gang of pals, G.A.S.P to be exact "Gathering of Awesome Super Pals. Life is not easy for Amelia as she struggles with constant change. Her parents are divorced, her Aunt is constantly busy, and her friends can be difficult. She can't even secure a spot on the cheerleading squad! A real-life scary tragedy helps Amelia to see what really matters in life. 4 [...]

Amelia Rules, why oh why do you make me cry. As Amelia adjusts to Tanner not being in her life she starts to separate from Reggie and her life as a super hero as she gains access to the cheerleading club despite the fact that her principal hates her and tries to get her out.Reggie meanwhile starts feeling his team slipping away so he recruits new members but loses something close to his heart.Amelia gets the surprise of her life concerning her dad and also digs deep inside to figure out if, as h [...]

For my second graphic novel, I wanted something funnier and less serious thank Anne Frank. The Meaning of Life by Jimmy Gownley was perfect. It was about a girl who was part of a superhero club with her friends. The book went deeper into her life and one of her friend’s lives too. She was close to her Aunt who was a rock star, and she ended up going to her Aunt’s journals from when she was little for advice. It was like middle school all over again; fights between friends, and secret clubs [...]

This is the seventh graphic novel in the Amelia Rules series. This is a graphic series I would definitely recommend to my students. They will definitely be able to identify with her.Amelia is a typical middle schools student with the same typical problems as middle school students today. Her parents are divorced, she has earned a reputation as a “bad kid”, and she faces how to help a friend whose father is serving in combat. These are all realistic things that my middle school students face. [...]

This book is so cute cute is about a group ;of friends and their unique life's. The book is mainly about this girl named Amelia McBride and how she thinks nothing in her life is going the way she wants it to be. first her aunt doesn't answer her emails so she decide to read her aunts diaries in other to not feel that alone and also to realize some stress. I loved the stories of each kid how each one had their own problems and worries some were small problems but him or her were huge for example [...]

After hearing about them forever and ever (well, a good few years), I finally got around to reading the Amelia Rules! books when our library got nice, new reissues. They are super enjoyable and so truly well-done. Great art, very realistic and manages to deal with a host of situations and issues that feel very true. As opposed to the dreaded didactic, issuey manner. I'm so very fond of all of these characters and will now wonder about their fates, although Gownley is kind enough to offer us a fe [...]

This is a easy and funny book to read. There is a lot of drama that takes place in the book. This book is short and has pictures on each page. Amelia is in middle school and gets made fun of a lot. Her parents are divorced. She has to go to the principle with her parents because she is bad. She wanted to be on the cheer leading team but couldn't be because of the principle. She doesn't have a lot of friends. In the end she says, sometimes the best way to get someone through the pain of their pas [...]

O NO!! I did it again!! I grabbed this book while browsing through the library shelves, not realizing that it was the 7th in the series!! No wonder there were times that I felt a bit left out in an otherwise intriguing graphic novel with layered characters, and profound story lines that had just the right amount of fluff. And worse yet…. for whatever reason the first book in the series is unavailable for transfer at my public library. Thank goodness I could add it to my “to-read” shelve t [...]

I love this series! I love how Amelia and her crew mature just enough in each book, it's one of those series you want to get into kid's hands at that right moment. I think the beauty of this series is that kid's Amelia's age can pick it up and enjoy it, but adults can also read her stories and identify with what she is going through. I remember feeling the way Amelia does in this book, and finally realizing that, like she says, there is no "child's world" or "adult's world" - there is just life [...]

Found this on the librarian's desk along with two Neil Gaiman graphic novels and decided, "What the heck, I'll take 'em all."This is evidently part of a series that I haven't read any of the others. That made it difficult for me to always keep the characters straight in my mind. Basically it's a story of a group of kids who have trouble relating with others but find each other. Amelia, the main character, feels as everything is broken - her family, friendships, school. In the course of the book [...]

All of the Amanda Rules! books should be given a chance by girls from age 10 and up. They are funny, smart and while there are moments of swooning over boys, the characters aren't sexualized. This is great comic book writing and illustrating for all ages. Each volume, of which this is the seventh, follows the adventures, trials and musings of Amanda, an only child, a superhero (with her own league of super friends, including one who never talks, but whose mood is easily detected by looking at hi [...]

I started reading these when I was 13 and I still love them. They remind me of being a little kid again and are funny while have serious messages. Amelia is a great character: she's precocious and really a bit of a smart-Alec, but understanding and sensitive. Tanner is like a rockstar Yoda in a belly-showing shirt. Amelia's friends are unique and funny in every way. Her parents are kind and nurturing, without being totally perfect. These books charming and heartwarming, with beautiful artwork. I [...]

Audience: This book is a great choice for students 3-5 grade.Appeal: I think this book is very appealing because it deals with challenges that children face, but in a humorous way. This book deals with a parent fighting in the war, divorce, going to the principal, not making cheer leading, and many other struggles kids may be dealing with. I think reading a book with characters in similar situations could help students get through a hard time in their life. Awards:2012 Will Eisner Award Nominee


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