The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular (Hardcover)

By Jimmy Gownley, Jimmy Gownley (Illustrator)

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9781416986102, 192pp.

Publication Date: April 6, 2010



Do you know there's no true opposite to the word "catastrophe"?

Amelia McBride and company are about to embark on their most daunting mission yet: navigating the promises and pitfalls of popularity at Joe McCarthy Elementary. A tricky task when you consider an unmatched pair of socks alone can cause ridicule for years to come. Really, though, all the gang wants is not to be unpopular. Rising and falling through the ranks of nerd, geek--and cheerleader?--with advice from wacky popularity expert Dr. Victoria Medeochrias, Amelia and her friends encounter riotous mobs, unfortunate makeovers, and bad catch phrases. Even after things go from bad to worse, Amelia learns there are some things that are just a little bit more important than being popular.

In his first brand new volume in two years, Jimmy Gownley dishes up another hilariously satisfying dose of Amelia Rules , in what Comics Buyer's Guide has called "a timeless manner to which readers young and old can easily relate.

Praise For The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular

"Gownley’s first new Amelia Rules! material in two years is just as full of preteen/tween angst and humor as ever. . . . Amelia fans will love it, and new readers can enjoy it, too." —BOOKLIST

"Amelia McBride . . . is a comic genius. . . . As the first new Amelia book in two years, this volume should get quickly devoured by the younger set, and with good reason. It’s a hoot." GraphicNovelReporter

"Haven’t read comics before? This is where you’ll want to start. . . . Whether she’s battling a new teacher with light sabers dressed as a Jedi, or on the news having photos taken with Paris Hilton, readers will have a fun time getting lost in [Amelia's] imagination." GIRLS LIFE

"Amelia McBride returns in an all new, hilarious adventure. . . .The dialogue is effortless and evokes laughter on every page. That alone is reason to read the book, but Gownley’s ability to give his heroine such earnestness and thoughtfulness is what sets this story apart." –SLJ

"The author's insightful observations of daily kid life are allowed to shine. . . . Gownley's mimicry and comic allusions are again on display. . . . Engaging characters and lively art should capture readers new and old." --Publishers Weekly

"Gownley deftly combines humor and realism to create a thought-provoking story guaranteed to resonate with readers, who also will appreciate his wonderfully drawn illustrations." –Scripps Howard News Service

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