Our Only May Amelia
by Jennifer Holm

Our Only May Amelia
It's not easy being a pioneer in 1899-- especially when you're not just the only girl in your family; you are the only girl ever born to the entire settlement. May Amelia Jackson has seven older brothers
and she's no "Proper Young Lady", everyone seems to want her to be one. She likes adventures, wearing overalls and climbing trees, going fishing, and proving that she can do anything her big brothers can do.

This title is great for supplementing Frontier units, as it is packed with small details about rural life along the Nasel River (where May Amelia's family lives) as well as details about life in a bustling frontier city (nearby Astoria) at the turn of the century.

May Amelia is a plucky little heroine, impossible not to like and readers will get drawn into her story from quite early on in the book. Publishers Weekly said that this Newbery Award winning book "is not to be missed." We agree!

Awards Won by this book

  • Newbery Honor Book 1999
  • Parents’ Choice Silver Award
  • Publishers Weekly Best of 1999
  • Publishers Weekly Flying Start Award

Reading Levels for this book

Interest Level:  Grade 4+       
Grade Level Equivalent:  6.5
Guided Reading Level:  R
DRA Level:  40
Lexile Measure:  900L