In this newest, 20th-anniversary offering of the Amelia’s Notebook series, Amelia graduates middle school and reminisces about all she has learned along the way.
Amelia isn’t allowed to get a real yearbook, so she decides to make her own—a combination notebook/yearbook, of course. Instead of class photos and clubs, Amelia includes what is important to her: friends and life lessons. Much of the notebook is retrospective; fans of the series will enjoy the romp down Memory Lane, but there are a few new challenges that Amelia faces as well. Her best friend, Carly, will be switching schools after graduation, so Amelia will have to enter high school without her. Plus, her dad suggests studying for her bat mitzvah over the summer; Amelia wasn’t raised Jewish, and this new leap into religion is overwhelming. A touch melodramatic (it wouldn’t be a journal without angst), Amelia’s tone remains chatty and breezy as always. In a nod to the very first notebook, published 20 years ago, Amelia is making the same face on the cover, just with a graduation cap perched atop her head. A lot has changed for Amelia, but perhaps not much at all, as well….
A hint at the end leaves room for this series to evolve into high school; Amelia may be a bit long in the tooth, but devoted fans will follow. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)